Postprandial increases in serum antioxidant capacity in older women
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Eight women were recruited for studying the effects of a meal on overall antioxidant status. Subjects resided in a metabolic research unit for two 36-h periods. During period A, subjects fasted overnight (12 h) and were then given a breakfast, a lunch, a snack, and a dinner. During period B, subjects fasted for 23 h and were then given a dinner. These meals were designed to contain negligible antioxidants. Blood samples were collected for analyzing total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and individual antioxidants. The results showed that serum TAC significantly increased by up to 23% after the consumption of the lunch and dinner during period A. Serum TAC did not increase until after the consumption of the dinner during period B. Among the antioxidants (vitamin C, alpha-tocopherol, bilirubin, and uric acid) examined, serum uric acid was the only one that showed a significant postprandial increase, which was also parallel to the postprandial response in serum TAG. These results indicate that food intake, even if low in antioxidants, can increase the serum total antioxidant activity.