Antioxidants Control the Leaves Changing Color In The Fall

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In this video, Dr. Berg explains how the leaves change color in the fall due to antioxidants. Normally, leaves are green because of the chlorophyll which is a part of something called photosynthesis, where it is taking sunlight and creating energy. A spike of a certain antioxidant called Anthocyanins occurs at the end of the summer and this compound gives a red, purple or blue color like in eggplants, oranges, cherries, grapes as a pigment to protect the leaf of the plant from extreme temperatures and is very dependent on the pH. Another antioxidant called carotenoids which are causing yellow, red and orange and has over 1100 of types. Flavonoids which are yellow, yellow red, blue, magenta and it is also an antioxidant that gives the plant its UV filtration.

Antioxidant Effects on the Body:
• Anti-inflammatory
• Anti-cancer
• Increase uric acid – It is one of the most powerful antioxidants that our body makes.

So it’s the fall, the leaves have changed, simply gorgeous outside and and a lot of time people don’t realize what’s happening when the leaves are changing. I want to do a quick video on that because
it relates to the antioxidants. So normally a leaf is green because of the chlorophyll and chlorophyll is part of something called photosynthesis where it is taking sunlight and creating energy. So at the end of the summer, we have a spike of a certain antioxidant called anthocyanin. This compound gives the leaf its read or purple or even a blue color, it’s in currant, eggplant, it’s in oranges, blackberries, cherries, grapes, it’s there as the pigment and an antioxidant to protect the leaf or the plant from extreme temperatures. But it’s very dependent on the pH so when the pH is like three which is very acidic, it’ll be more red. Between seven and eight which is more neutral and slightly basic, it turns violet and as it goes up to eleven which is extremely alkaline, it turns the color of blue then we have the antioxidant called carotenoids which are yellow, red and orange. There are over 1100 carotenoids, one being lutein which is good for the macula of the eye or xanthine which is good for the brain for memory. Now as it gets colder, you get a spike on tannins which give the color of brown. You also have flavonoids which are yellow, yellow and red, blue, magenta and the flavonoids are another antioxidant that gives the plant its UV filtration. You’ll see them in parsley, onions, blueberries. Now there’s many different unknowns with antioxidants. Do the antioxidants have a direct effect or do they have an indirect effect in the body. We do know they have a great effect on the body, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer. However, one theory out there right now is antioxidants actually increase uric acid in the body and uric acid is one of the most powerful antioxidants of the body actually makes. Whether it’s true or not we don’t know, what we do know is when we consume foods high in antioxidants our health improves. But just make sure that you get your antioxidants from food, not from pills.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 52 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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