Copper is a trace element involved in a wide range of biological processes vital to sustain life. Yet – as with many other metal ions – it is toxic when present in excessive quantities, especially for those with copper-sensitive disorders such as Wilson’s disease.
All the behind the scenes interviews with the FX Medicine LIVE team from the 2018 ACNEM Conference in Melbourne.
Antioxidants are well known for their health benefits. Often derived from plants, they come in the form of phytochemicals that protect the plant from external damage in their environment.
Recent experimental research has connected magnolia with a transcription factor that is termed the body’s ‘major regulator of cellular antioxidant defence’— nuclear factor erythroid-derived 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2).
Identified more than 20 years ago, and the subject of over 5500 published papers, Nrf2, has been referred to as the activator of cellular defence, the master antioxidant switch and the guardian and gatekeeper for health and longevity.
A meta-analysis published in 2012 of 13 epidemiological studies found that a high intake of cruciferous vegetables was linked with a 15% reduction in breast cancer risk. Like most vegetables, crucifers are a great source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytonutrients, however one member, the humble broccoli, appears to have additional benefits.
Green tea is widely known for its potent antioxidant effects. This research highlights how this may be capitalised on for exercise-induced oxidative stress.
Arguably the most popular beverage in the world, it has been the subject of much conjecture in the scientific literature. Today's podcast explores the evidence for and against coffee consumption.