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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 23

Mediterranean Diet

Antioxidant Nutritional Status

Elena Azzini azzini@inran.it; Giuseppe Maiani maiani@inran.it    National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research, Rome, Italy.

Abstract

Oxidative stress is one of the most significant risk factors for degenerative disease. Dietary habits can play a key role in regulating the redox status of human plasma, improving the defense against oxidative damage. Oxidative stress represents an imbalance between humans’ protective molecules, the antioxidants, and molecules able to damage all sorts of cellular components, the free radicals. An inadequate intake of antioxidant nutrients may compromise antioxidant potential, thus compounding overall oxidative stress. The levels of dietary antioxidants ...

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