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Neuroprotection with Natural Antioxidants and Nutraceuticals in the Context of Brain Cell Degeneration: The Epigenetic Connection

[ Vol. 19 , Issue. 32 ]

Author(s):

Iván Carrera*, Olaia Martínez and Ramón Cacabelos   Pages 2999 - 3011 ( 13 )

Abstract:


Bioactive antioxidant agents present in selected plants are known to provide the first line of biological defense against oxidative stress. In particular, soluble vitamin C, E, carotenoids and phenolic compounds have demonstrated crucial biological effects in cells against oxidative damage, preventing prevalent chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. The reported wide range of effects that included anti-aging, anti-atherosclerosis, anti-inflammatory and anticancer activity were studied against degenerative pathologies of the brain. Vitamins and different phytochemicals are important epigenetic modifiers that prevent neurodegeneration. In order to explore the potential antioxidant sources in functional foods and nutraceuticals against neurodegeneration, the present paper aims to show a comprehensive assessment of antioxidant activity at chemical and cellular levels. The effects of the different bioactive compounds available and their antioxidant activity through an epigenetic point of view are also discussed.

Keywords:

Degeneration, Neuroprotection, Nootropic, Biotherapy, DNA, Epigenetic connection.

Affiliation:

EuroEspes Biomedical Research Center, International Center of Neuroscience and Genomic Medicine, Corunna 15166, EuroEspes Biomedical Research Center, International Center of Neuroscience and Genomic Medicine, Corunna 15166, EuroEspes Biomedical Research Center, International Center of Neuroscience and Genomic Medicine, Corunna 15166

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