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Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, and carotenoids, may help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Other naturally occurring antioxidants include flavonoids, tannins, phenols and lignans. Plant-based foods are the best sources. These include fruits, vegetables and their juices, whole-grain products, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, and even cocoa.

As a bonus, fruits, vegetables and whole grains high in antioxidants are also typically high in fiber, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and good sources of vitamins and minerals. So enjoy the variety

Oligoantigenic diet

To try a modified oligoantigenic exclusion diet,evaluate the effect of following a pattern of eating in which the foods as listed below are excluded for 3 weeks. Fish Allowed: white fish, oily fish Forbidden: all smoked fish Vegetables None are forbidden but people...

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The rotation diet

In the rotation diet, foods from any particular family of suspect foods (identified by the questionnaire) are eaten only once in 5 days or so. This system is effective, especially if a detailed ‘food and symptom’ diary is kept, in which all deviations from your...

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Liquorice extract

This is an immune system enhancer. It improves both macrophage activity and production of interferon. Liquorice extract also has broad-spectrum antimicrobial effects.  In addition, it is an antioxidant, protecting tissues from free radical damage, especially...

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