The Most Powerful Antioxidant
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Antioxidants are compounds that could improve your health and prevent many different chronic diseases.
So, with that in mind, do you think it’s:
• Vitamin C
• Gallic or Ellagic acid
• Vitamin A
• None of the above
If you should the last answer, you would be correct. Although polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins are powerful compounds, they may pale in comparison to this powerful antioxidant.
What is it?
While there are many powerful antioxidants, the most powerful is Hydroxytyrosol.
And it’s NOT found in green tea, pomegranates, or even blueberries…
It’s found in the Amla fruit!
So what makes hydroxytyrosol so special?
Besides the simple fact that it has a ORAC score of 68,576, it’s one of the strongest antioxidants around when it comes to scavenging free radicals and lowering pro-inflammatory cytokines.
This ORAC score just happens to be 15 times higher than green tea and three times higher than CoQ10.
Now you may be asking, “Why haven’t I heard of it before?
Well, the reason is pretty simple:
It was just recently discovered a few years ago, and the research is just being published on this nutrient.
Like I said before, you can’t find this nutrient just anywhere…
Right now, only two known food contain it (more to come I am sure). One of those foods, Amla, is already pretty powerful…
The Antioxidant Power of Amla
Amla, also known as the “king” of whole food antioxidants, is one of the most powerful berries the world has ever seen.
Packed full of nutrients, this fruit rivals some of the more popular superfoods that you probably know by heart!
When I talk about it being packed full of nutrition, I am talking about…
It’s packed with fiber …
Loaded with vitamin C (more than 20 times the amount found in oranges)…
Packed with chromium, manganese, and potassium …
And, of course, contains this new, powerful antioxidant that going to take the world by storm.
Amla, which is grown in India, the Middle East, and some other parts of Asia, has been used for over 5,000 years as a medicine and a natural treatment for some of the worst conditions that could destroy your health.
Things like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, digestive issues, and brain-related disorders have all seen improvements when Amla was introduced.
It’s just that powerful.
So what makes this newly found component of Amla so impressive?
For starters, hydroxytyrosol has potent anti-inflammatory powers…has a unique ability to ABSORB free radicals (so they don’t damage your body)…and could be protect your healthy cells and prevent damage to your mitochondria.
But that’s not all…this nutrient could do a whole heck of a lot more for your body…
The Healing Powers of Hydroxytyrosol
Hydroxytyrosol, which is an antioxidant compound found in Amla, may be the strongest antioxidant the world as ever seen.
It’s already been shown to eradicate free radicals, lower systematic inflammation, and could even protect cells from damage.
But what else can it do?
Well, the results are in, and you’re going to be pretty impressed:
Your brain is a very important organ. And as you get older, things may start to deteriorate, therefore causing issues with cognitive function, memory, and concentration.
However, this potent antioxidant may add protection to your brain now, and as you get older.
A recent study (in 2007), showed that hydroxytyrosol added protection to the brain cells on mice.
They investigated this antioxidant again in 2010, this time looking at neurodegeneration and cognitive decline, and found similar neuroprotective benefits.
In fact, they concluded: “The results we obtained mainly confirm our previous observation of promising cytoprotection of brain cells…”
As you get older, and you’re concerned about the frailty of your brain, memory, concentration, and the prevention of age-related brain disorders, it’s important to note that this powerful antioxidant could protect against this.
2. Protects Breast Tissue
As you know, breast cancer is one of the biggest killers of women each year. And this is why a lot of money is invested in different treatment options to prevent, or even reduce the risk.
Well, studies show that hydroxytyrosol could protect breast cells from the development of cancer.
The researchers believe this could be due to the high antioxidant levels and the ability to scavenge free radicals, which could prevent damage to breast tissue.
3. Protection Against Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetes impacts the health of millions of people around the world. And, as the disease progresses, certain conditions may occur.
One of those accompanying conditions may be diabetic neuropathy. This condition numbs nerves, usually in the feet, so sensation is no longer felt.
This could be dangerous for people with diabetes, especially when it comes to infections or sores that could develop on their feet.
However, studies confirm that hydroxytyrosol may slow the progression of this condition, therefore improving at least one condition associated with diabetes.
In case you didn’t know, the powerful Amla contains nearly 20 times the vitamin C compared to oranges.
And many people associate the amazing health benefits of Amla with the high concentration of vitamin C.
However, a recent study showed that two compounds found in Amla, gallic acid
and hydroxytyrosol, may be stronger than the vitamin C found in Amla.
In fact, the researchers noted: “gallic acid and hydroxytyrosol exhibited stronger DPPH*free radical scavenging activity as compared to vitamin C and β carotene.”
Simply put, the combination of these two powerful compounds, were able to scavenge free radicals more effectively than vitamin C or beta carotene alone.
And that means you may add one more layer of protection with powerful antioxidants from using Amla.
The Take Home Message
When it comes to improving your health, you know that you need plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to protect your body.
hydroxytyrosol alone has a ORAC value of over 68,000, which makes it one of the strongest single antioxidants in the world.
This one antioxidants may protect your brain…enhance your memory…improve your cognitive function…prevent diabetic neuropathy….and could even protect breast cells from cancer.
Just think about what could happen if you combined it with other powerful nutrients…it would be simply amazing!
Even though hydroxytyrosol was originally found in olive leaves, it has now been identified in a number of different foods, including Amla.
Amla, which is normally known for its high concentration of vitamin C, contains other potent nutrients that could vastly improve your health.
Two of those compounds, gallic acid and hydroxytyrosol, could be more effective at scavenging free radicals and preventing free radical damage (known as oxidative stress) in combination with vitamin C and beta carotene.
And this could add tremendous improvements in your health.
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.
- Kevin DiDonato