High levels of antioxidants found in traditional Maori foods
February 28 2006
High levels of antioxidants found in traditional Maori medicines and diet are being linked to the low rates of colon and retral cancer among Maori.
Associate Professor of Botany at Otago University, Kevin Gould, told Waatea News that internationally, the blueberry is used as a benchmark for its high levels of antioxidants.
A recent study has found puha, or the prickly sow thistle to be three times the level of blueberries, and rewarewa, 10 times more.
Professor Gould says the level of antioxidants found in some native plants was far higher than expected.
He says while there is a tendency to extract the antioxidants from plants and turn them into pills, there is no substitute for the real thing.
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