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CONTENTS

* 1 Food sources

* 1.1 Regulatory guidance * 1.2 Polyphenols
Polyphenols
in foods * 1.3 Physiological context

* 2 Vitamins * 3 Vitamin cofactors and minerals * 4 Hormones * 5 Carotenoid
Carotenoid
terpenoids

* 6 Natural phenols

* 6.1 Flavonoids * 6.2 Phenolic acids and their esters * 6.3 Other nonflavonoid phenolics

* 7 Other potential organic antioxidants * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links

FOOD SOURCES

Main article: oxygen radical absorbance capacity

REGULATORY GUIDANCE

In the following discussion, the term "antioxidant" refers mainly to non-nutrient compounds in foods, such as polyphenols, which have antioxidant capacity in vitro and so provide an artificial index of antioxidant strength – the ORAC measurement. Other than for dietary antioxidant vitamins – vitamin A , vitamin C and vitamin E – no food compounds have been proved with antioxidant efficacy in vivo . Accordingly, regulatory agencies like the Food and Drug Administration of the United States and the European Food Safety Authority
European Food Safety Authority
(EFSA) have published guidance disallowing food product labels to claim an inferred antioxidant benefit when no such physiological evidence exists.

POLYPHENOLS IN FOODS

Many common foods contain rich sources of polyphenols which have antioxidant properties only in test tube studies. As interpreted by the Linus Pauling Institute , dietary polyphenols have little or no direct antioxidant food value following digestion. Not like controlled test tube conditions, the fate of flavones or polyphenols in vivo shows they are poorly absorbed and poorly conserved (less than 5%), so that most of what is absorbed exists as metabolites modified during digestion, destined for rapid excretion.

Spices, herbs, and essential oils are rich in polyphenols in the plant itself and shown with antioxidant potential in vitro . Typical spices high in polyphenols (confirmed in vitro) are clove , cinnamon , oregano , turmeric , cumin , parsley , basil , curry powder , mustard seed , ginger , pepper , chili powder , paprika , garlic , coriander , onion and cardamom . Typical herbs are sage , thyme , marjoram , tarragon , peppermint , oregano , savory , basil and dill weed .

Dried fruits are a good source of polyphenols by weight/serving size as the water has been removed making the ratio of polyphenols higher. Typical dried fruits are pears, apples, plums, peaches, raisins, figs and dates. Dried raisins are high in polyphenol count. Red wine is high in total polyphenol count which supplies antioxidant quality which is unlikely to be conserved following digestion (see section below).

Deeply pigmented fruits like cranberries, blueberries, plums, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, figs, cherries, guava, oranges, mango, grape juice and pomegranate juice also have significant polyphenol content.

Typical cooked vegetables rich in antioxidants are artichokes , cabbage , broccoli , asparagus , avocados , beetroot and spinach .

Nuts are a moderate source of polyphenol antioxidants. Typical nuts are pecans , walnuts , hazelnuts , pistachio , almonds , cashew nuts , macadamia nuts and peanut butter .

Sorghum bran, cocoa powder, and cinnamon are rich sources of procyanidins, which are large molecular weight compounds found in many fruits and some vegetables. Partly due to the large molecular weight (size) of these compounds, their amount actually absorbed in the body is low, an effect also resulting from the action of stomach acids, enzymes and bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract where smaller derivatives are metabolized and prepared for rapid excretion.

PHYSIOLOGICAL CONTEXT

Despite the above discussion implying that ORAC-rich foods with polyphenols may provide antioxidant benefits when in the diet, there remains no physiological evidence that any polyphenols have such actions or that ORAC has any relevance in the human body.

On the contrary, research indicates that although polyphenols are good antioxidants in vitro , antioxidant effects in vivo are probably negligible or absent. By non-antioxidant mechanisms still undefined, polyphenols may affect mechanisms of cardiovascular disease or cancer.

The increase in antioxidant capacity of blood seen after the consumption of polyphenol-rich (ORAC-rich) foods is not caused directly by the polyphenols, but most likely results from increased uric acid levels derived from metabolism of flavonoids. According to Frei, "we can now follow the activity of flavonoids in the body, and one thing that is clear is that the body sees them as foreign compounds and is trying to get rid of them." Another mechanism may be the increase in activities of paraoxonases by dietary antioxidants which can reduce oxidative stress.

VITAMINS

* Vitamin A (retinol), also synthesized by the body from beta-carotene , protects dark green, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits from solar radiation damage, and is thought to play a similar role in the human body. Carrots , squash , broccoli , sweet potatoes , tomatoes (which gain their color from the compound lycopene ), kale , mangoes , oranges , seabuckthorn berries, wolfberries (goji), collards , cantaloupe , peaches and apricots are particularly rich sources of beta-carotene , the major provitamin A carotenoid . * Vitamin C
Vitamin C
(ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble compound that fulfills several roles in living systems. Important sources include citrus fruits (such as oranges , sweet lime , etc.), green peppers , broccoli , green leafy vegetables , black currants , strawberries , blueberries , seabuckthorn , raw cabbage and tomatoes . * Vitamin E
Vitamin E
, including tocotrienol and tocopherol , is fat soluble and protects lipids . Sources include wheat germ , seabuckthorn , nuts , seeds , whole grains , green leafy vegetables , kiwifruit , vegetable oil , and fish-liver oil . Alpha-tocopherol is the main form in which vitamin E is consumed. Recent studies showed that some tocotrienol isomers have significant anti-oxidant properties.

VITAMIN COFACTORS AND MINERALS

* Coenzyme Q 10 * Manganese
Manganese
, particularly when in its +2 valence state as part of the enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD). * Iodide

HORMONES

* Melatonin
Melatonin

CAROTENOID TERPENOIDS

Main article: carotenoid

* Alpha-carotene - found in carrots, winter squash, tomatoes, green beans, cilantro, Swiss chard * Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin
- found naturally in red algae and animals higher in the marine food chain. It is a red pigment familiarly recognized in crustacean shells and salmon flesh/roe. * Beta-carotene - found in high concentrations in butternut squash, carrots, orange bell peppers, pumpkins, kale, peaches, apricots, mango, turnip greens, broccoli, spinach, and sweet potatoes. * Canthaxanthin
Canthaxanthin
* Lutein - found in high concentration in spinach, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, beet and mustard greens, endive, red pepper and okra * Lycopene
Lycopene
- found in high concentration in cooked red tomato products like canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice and garden cocktails, guava and watermelons. * Zeaxanthin - best sources are kale, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, Swiss chard, mustard and beet greens, corn, and broccoli

NATURAL PHENOLS

Natural phenols are a class of molecules found in abundance in plants.

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids , a subset of polyphenol antioxidants , are present in many berries , as well as in coffee and tea .

* Flavones :

* Apigenin
Apigenin
* Luteolin
Luteolin
* Tangeritin
Tangeritin

* Flavonols :

* Isorhamnetin
Isorhamnetin
* Kaempferol
Kaempferol
* Myricetin
Myricetin
- walnuts are a rich source * Proanthocyanidins , or condensed tannins * Quercetin
Quercetin
and related, such as rutin

* Flavanones:

* Eriodictyol * Hesperetin (metabolizes to hesperidin ) * Naringenin (metabolized from naringin )

* Flavanols and their polymers:

* Catechin , gallocatechin and their corresponding gallate esters * Epicatechin
Epicatechin
, epigallocatechin and their corresponding gallate esters * Theaflavin
Theaflavin
its gallate esters * Thearubigins

* Isoflavone
Isoflavone
phytoestrogens - found primarily in soy, peanuts, and other members of the Fabaceae family

* Daidzein * Genistein * Glycitein

* Stilbenoids :

* Resveratrol
Resveratrol
- found in the skins of dark-colored grapes, and concentrated in red wine. * Pterostilbene - methoxylated analogue of resveratrol, abundant in Vaccinium
Vaccinium
berries

* Anthocyanins
Anthocyanins

* Cyanidin
Cyanidin
* Delphinidin
Delphinidin
* Malvidin
Malvidin
* Pelargonidin * Peonidin * Petunidin

PHENOLIC ACIDS AND THEIR ESTERS

Main article: polyphenol antioxidant

* Chicoric acid
Chicoric acid
- another caffeic acid derivative, is found in chicory and Echinacea. * Chlorogenic acid
Chlorogenic acid
- found in high concentration in coffee (more concentrated in robusta than arabica beans), blueberries and tomatoes. Produced from esterification of caffeic acid. * Cinnamic acid
Cinnamic acid
and its derivatives, such as ferulic acid - found in seeds of plants such as in brown rice, whole wheat and oats, as well as in coffee, apple, artichoke, peanut, orange and pineapple. * Ellagic acid
Ellagic acid
- found in high concentration in raspberry and strawberry , and in ester form in red wine tannins. * Ellagitannins - hydrolyzable tannin polymer formed when ellagic acid, a polyphenol monomer, esterifies and binds with the hydroxyl group of a polyol carbohydrate such as glucose. * Gallic acid
Gallic acid
- found in gallnuts, sumac, witch hazel, tea leaves, oak bark, and many other plants. * Gallotannins - hydrolyzable tannin polymer formed when gallic acid, a polyphenol monomer, esterifies and binds with the hydroxyl group of a polyol carbohydrate such as glucose. * Rosmarinic acid - found in high concentration in rosemary , oregano , lemon balm , sage , and marjoram . * Salicylic acid
Salicylic acid
- found in most vegetables, fruits, and herbs; but most abundantly in the bark of willow trees, from where it was extracted for use in the early manufacture of aspirin .

OTHER NONFLAVONOID PHENOLICS

* Curcumin - Curcumin has low bioavailability, because, much of it is excreted through glucuronidation . However, bioavailability is substantially enhanced by solubilization in a lipid (oil or lecithin), heat, addition of piperine , or through nanoparticularization. * Flavonolignans - e.g. silymarin - a mixture of flavonolignans extracted from milk thistle . * Xanthones - mangosteen is purported to contain a large variety of xanthones, but some of the xanthones like mangostin might be present only in the inedible shell . * Eugenol

OTHER POTENTIAL ORGANIC ANTIOXIDANTS

* Capsaicin , the active component of chili peppers * Bilirubin
Bilirubin
, a breakdown product of blood, has been identified as a possible antioxidant. * Citric acid , oxalic acid , and phytic acid * N- Acetylcysteine
Acetylcysteine
, water-soluble * R-α- Lipoic acid , fat- and water-soluble * Uric acid
Uric acid
, in humans, accounts for roughly half the antioxidant capacity of plasma. Fructose
Fructose
, which is found abundantly in fruits, significantly elevates uric acid levels in humans, and thus indirectly increases antioxidant capacity. High levels of uric acid may be a protective factor against Parkinson's disease and possibly other diseases related to oxidative stress .

SEE ALSO

* Antioxidant
Antioxidant
* Colour retention agent * Nutrition
Nutrition
* Polyphenol antioxidant *