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Antioxidant effectsof polyphenols on human health:a mistakenly approached issue


Full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC), Universidad Miguel Hernández (UMH),
Avenida de la Universidad s/n, E-03202 Elche, Alicante, Spain

Member of Agro Food Industry Hi Tech Scientific Advisory Board

A great deal of research has been conducted on the benefits of the consumption of antioxidants for the prevention of several oxidative stress-related human diseases. Many studies have related the antioxidant capacity of these compounds with their ability to manage or prevent a large variety of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis, neurodegenerative and immunological disorders and even cancer. Unquestionably, the beneficial effects of antioxidants have been demonstrated by several thousands of scientific articles. In the 1990s and 2000s, the nutraceutical industry offered a large variety of antioxidant supplements and most of the products were easily accepted by the consumer without the appropriate scientific support. However, the new normative framework established in Europe has dramatically changed the commercial activity and marketing strategies of this sector.

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