“Buzz Word” Definitions in the Natural Health Food and Supplement World

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There are a lot of “buzz words” floating around the natural health and food industry, so I thought I would offer some simplified explanations of some of these terms.

Tannins: Antioxidants that give tea and pomegranates their taste.

Polyphenols: Polyphenols are antioxidants in plants that contribute in a unique way to an individual’s overall health. They are most commonly introduced to the body through the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which have been known to cause cancer. Tannins are polyphenols. Red wine is rich in polyohenols.

Ellagic acid: Another potent antioxidant found in strawberries, raspberries and pomegranates. Ellagic acid has antioxidant, anti-mutagen and anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown their anti-cancer activity on cancer cells of the breast, esophagus, skin, colon, prostate and pancreas.

ECGC or Epigallocatechin gallate: The antioxidant found in green tea, it may provide health effects by protecting our cells from oxidative damage from free radicals. A number of chronic diseases have been associated with free radical damage, including cancer, arteriosclerosis, heart diseases and accelerated aging. It also has been linked to weight loss.

Are there any buzz words that you would like clarified?

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