Clinical studies show diets full of antioxidants are associated with significant decreases in the overall risk of various lifestyle diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and some cancers. But current research focuses solely on the low molecular weight (soluble) antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, phenolic compounds and carotenoids - it may surprise listeners to hear there is another type of antioxidant: macromolecular. These are polymeric phenolic compounds of polyphenols also found in fruits and vegetables and research is showing they have significant effects on health and wellness. Dr Jara Perez-Jiminez joins us from the Spanish National Research Council to discuss macromolecular antioxidants and why they've been so overlooked, and Dr Fulgencio Saura-Calixto will be speaking on the Vitafoods Europe 2018 Education Programme on the topic of antioxidants vs. polyphenols.
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