"Palo azul possesses considerable antioxidant activity"
Numerous studies have shown that palo azul tea exhibited significant antioxidant activity due to its polyphenolic/flavonoid rich content. Because of this property, the studies showed that palo azul tea inhibited oxidative stress, free radicals and inhibited the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and reactive oxygen species (ROS).
For example, due to its polyphenolic rich content, a 2021 study found that palo azul tea "can reduce the oxidative stress caused by the imbalance between reactive oxygen species (ROS) because of its free radical scavenging activity."
A 2018 study found that palo azul "showed an ability to reduce the formation of advanced glycation end products, and an antioxidant capacity."
This 2014 study which supports to previous studies, found that "Eysenhardtia polystachya (palo azul) possesses considerable antioxidant activity with reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging activity and demonstrated an anti-AGEs and inhibits oxidative stress."
A 2021 study also showed that "C. genistoides (palo azul) aqueous extract protects cells against OS (oxidative stress) via the modulation of cellular antioxidant defenses."
This 2018 study also showed that palo azul "markedly reduced the formation of AGEs" and "provided a protective effect against glycation."
Another 2018 study similarly showed that the"bark of E. polystachya showed antioxidant potential, hypoglycemic effects, and inhibition of the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs)."
This 2016 study concluded the following: "Our data indicates that the bark of Eysenhardtia polystachya (palo azul) has an ability to reduce oxidative stress through decreasing of lipid peroxidation, antioxidant properties, and increasing radical scavenging enzymes activity, also reduce intracellular reactive oxygen species."
Reactive oxygen species are a type of unstable molecule that contains oxygen and that easily reacts with other molecules in a cell. A build up of reactive oxygen species in cells may cause damage to DNA, RNA, and proteins, and may cause cell death. Reactive oxygen species are free radicals.
Boosts antioxidant defense
A 2018 study concluded that "treatment with EP/AgNPs (palo azul extracts) increased the activity of anti-stress biomarkers such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx)." They also mention that palo azul "restored the enzymatic antioxidant system that was able to reduce ROS production." Therefore, the researchers concluded that palo azul can "provide an effective defense against oxidative stress."
A 2007 study similarly found that palo azul "significantly increased the activities of glutathione peroxidase (GSHPx) and catalase (CAT)."
This 1990 study explains that "glutathione peroxidase (GPX), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase are the most important enzymes of the cell antioxidant defense system."
A 2022 study done on mice concluded in their results that palo azul’s “extract significantly reduced oxidative damages in both the kidneys and the liver, and such effect has been related to the high antioxidant capacity."
These findings were supported by a 2014 study, whose “results suggest that EP (palo azul) prevents oxidative stress, acts as a suppressor of liver, kidney and pancreas cell damage.”
According to a 2016 review, flavonoids are "a group of natural substances with polyphenolic structures and they're found in fruits, vegetables, grains, bark, roots, stems, flowers, tea and wine. These natural products are well known for their beneficial effects on health."
This 2011 study mentions that palo azul's "flavonoids exhibited strong antioxidant activity."
A 2021 study also suggests that "the polyphenolic compounds present in Eysenhardtia polystachya may protect the insulin-secreting cells from oxidative stress."
Lastly, another 2021 study found several phytonutrients in palo azul such as “flavones, isoflavones, flavanones, phenolic compounds, chalcones and dihydrochalcones” which have been linked to its health benefits, highlighting “diuretic, antiglycation, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial potential.”
In summary...palo azul tea can inhibit oxidative stress, free radicals, AGEs and ROS because it's a powerful antioxidant, anti-glycative, and this is mainly due to its flavonoids/polyphenolic rich content.
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Palo azul is also known as: Eysenhardtia polystachya (E. polystachya, E.P), Cyclolepis genistoides (C. genistoides), kidney wood and palo dulce
(2019) 3′-O-β-d-glucopyranosyl-α,4,2′,4′,6′-pentahydroxy-dihydrochalcone, from Bark of Eysenhardtia polystachya Prevents Diabetic Nephropathy via Inhibiting Protein Glycation in STZ-Nicotinamide Induced Diabetic Mice
(2018) Silver nanoparticles synthesized with a fraction from the bark of Eysenhardtia polystachya with high chalcone and dihydrochalcone content effectively inhibit oxidative stress in the zebraﬁsh embryo model
(2007) Antioxidant evaluation of Eysenhardtia species (Fabaceae): relay synthesis of 3-O-Acetyl-11alpha,12alpha-epoxy-oleanan-28,13beta-olide isolated from E. platycarpa and its protective effect in experimental diabetes