Duckweed is an incredible, radiation-fighting astronaut food – and by changing how it is grown, we made it better

Duckweed is the perfect space food: small, fast-growing and nutritious. By studying how light levels changed the production of radiation-fighting antioxidants, researchers made it even better.

Barbara Demmig-Adams, Professor of Plant Ecology and Molecular Biology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space food nasa plants nutrition light farming antioxidants radiation micronutrients

Mats made from wine antioxidant could keep food fresh

Researchers have blended tannic acid from red wine to create antioxidant mats. They could line storage containers to keep food fresh.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: food polymers antioxidants science-and-technology wine oxidation

Exercise may help reduce risk of deadly COVID-19 complication: ARDS

The health benefits of exercise for our mind and body are well documented. But did you know that exercise could lower the risks of the most dangerous COVID-19 complication?

Zhen Yan, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  immune-system  exercise  pandemic  lungs  sars-cov-2  antioxidants  free-radicals

No, CBD is not a miracle molecule that can cure coronavirus, just as it won't cure many other maladies its proponents claim

CBD may not be a panacea for your aches and pains -- and it certainly isn't for COVID-19.

C. Michael White, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut • conversation
April 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  inflammation  marijuana  cannabidiol  cbd  antioxidants  vitamins  dietary-supplements  vitamin-supplements  thc  health-fads

Blue dye from red beets – chemists devise a new pigment option

A simple chemical reaction turns the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue dye.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Blue dye from red beets – chemists devise a safer new pigment option

A simple chemical reaction turns the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue dye.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Blue dye from red beets

Chemists have turned the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue pigment.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Bug attacks make organic fruits and veg healthier

The wounds that insects give plant leaves release antioxidants and makes organic fruits and vegetables healthier for people to eat.

Laura Muntean-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: insects agriculture food plants antioxidants earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Alzheimer’s tau ‘burns through’ brain’s antioxidant defense

New research reveals the connection between the antioxidant SOD1 and tau build-up in the spread of Alzheimer's disease.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
June 24, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease brains antioxidants health-and-medicine oxidative-stress

Quantum dots from coal are a promising antioxidant

Quantum dots could make a great antioxidant to treat people who've had brain injuries, heart attacks, or strokes.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
April 25, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: quantum-dots nanotechnology brains coal antioxidants health-and-medicine oxidative-stress

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