Artificial antioxidant found 100 times more potent in counteracting Alzheimer’s

Scientists have found that TEMPO, an artificial antioxidant is more powerful than some of the best natural antioxidants available in foods.

A new study has come out that could change the game of all the antioxidant talks about natural foods! According to this new research, this well-known artificial antioxidant, TEMPO could be the link to treating various diseases like skin damages and Alzheimer's.

The research team from the University of British Columbia, Canada said that free radicals were highly reactive molecules that were naturally present in the body and were created during routine natural processes like breathing.

"Free radicals are a natural part of human metabolism. But when our bodies have too many, like when we are exposed to UV radiation from the Sun, when we smoke, or even when we drink alcohol, it can be a problem," reportedly said Dr. Gino DiLabio, a professor at UBC.

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"These extremely reactive molecules can damage cells or DNA and can contribute to many different diseases, like Alzheimer's, and some researchers think they may even be responsible for ageing," DiLabio added in the study.

Published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the study may help the doctors the to look at developing new pharmaceutical therapy to help prevent free radical damage.

While it's know that the body has its own defence system against free radicals, the research team wanted to know how a human-made antioxidant, TEMPO would perform against the same.

The researchers, including those from the University of Bologna in Italy, created a cell environment to test the effectiveness of TEMPO in converting free radicals to non-harmful molecules, when compared to vitamin E.

"We were surprised to learn that TEMPO was up to 100 times faster at converting free radicals than vitamin E in fatty environments. That means that it could be a particularly effective means of protecting skin tissues or even the walls of cells from radical damage," DiLabio concluded.

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