New Fat Busting Antioxidant Supplement on The Dr. Oz Show Allows a High Fat Diet
On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz introduces a special guest who is a specialist in antioxidants and tells viewers that the discovery of new antioxidants holds promise for not only keeping the heart healthy, but also in fighting obesity with fat busting and other abilities that will make you live healthier and longer.
“Antioxidants are nature’s secret weapon—they are what the body uses to protect itself from disease and extend your life,” says Dr. Eva Selhub a Harvard researcher and author of “Our Brain on Nature,” who Dr. Oz tells viewers has dedicated her life to studying plants and discovering new antioxidants.
“I’m always on the hunt for new antioxidants, there are so many foods and herbs that we want to know about,” says Dr. Selhub. “I’m finding in patient studies that these antioxidants can help you fight the diseases you fear most, and more importantly―extend your life.”
The following is a summary of new antioxidants that you need to know about that can help you become healthier and live longer:
Antioxidant #1: Chicoric Acid
“The best thing to think about when thinking about chicoric acid is it’s a ‘stress buster,’” says Dr. Selhub. “It helps you to feel better…as a natural antidepressant,” she tells viewers, explaining that chicoric acid helps fight stress by raising the levels of "happy brain chemicals" like dopamine and serotonin, while decreasing the levels of stress hormones like cortisol.
Sources of chicoric acid include an herbal seasoning such as basil, but a richer source can be had from chicory root powder or dandelion root tincture found in health food stores. The chicory root powder can be consumed as a coffee substitute of up 4 to 5 servings per week. Or, if feeling really stressed, 30 drops of dandelion tincture can be added to a cup of tea and drank as often as needed throughout the day.
Antioxidant #2: Pterostilbene
“This is the ‘memory booster’ and what’s neat about this is that it’s in the same family as resveratrol… but unlike resveratrol, it actually get into the cell and crosses the blood-brain barrier, which means it helps your brain,” says Dr. Selhab as she discusses a study involving elderly patients who had some level of cognitive decline and memory loss who were given 2 cups of juice a day containing pterostilbene. What the study showed was a marked improvement in cognitive function and memory in elderly patients on pterostilbene.
Pterostilbene can be obtained as a supplement in capsule form—50 mg per day for people weighing less than 160 pounds, and 150 mg per day for heavier individuals. Pterostilbene is also available in foods such as cranberries (1 cup per day) and peanuts (1/4 cup, 2-3 times per week).
Antioxidant #3: C3G
“What this antioxidant can do is that it affects the gene expression for fat metabolism,” says Dr. Selhab. “So normally, when you have a high fat diet, it causes the gene to express itself as fat storage…and when you take C3G, it actually turns off the gene expression for fat storage and turns on the gene for fat metabolism. And so what they found was that even though you might be having a high fat diet, you still don’t store the fat,” says Dr. Selhab.
C3G can be obtained as a supplement, as a Black Bean extract ( 1 gram per day containing 20-30 mg of C3G) in capsule form, or found in heavily pigmented foods such as black beans and black rice.
In an animal study published in 2003 in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that feeding mice a supplement of cyanidin 3-glucoside (C3G) from purple corn found in maize actually prevented obesity and diabetes in mice that were on a high fat diet. In comparison, control mice on a high fat diet without the C3G supplement became obese and developed diabetes.
For additional articles about antioxidants and their fat busting abilities, follow this link to an article about a Dr. Oz episode discussing an antioxidant cream that is used to get rid of cellulite.
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“Dietary cyanidin 3-O-beta-D-glucoside-rich purple corn color prevents obesity and ameliorates hyperglycemia in mice” Journal of Nutrition (2003) July, 133(7):2125-30; Tsuda, T et