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Project Description

Fruits and vegetables are known to provide health benefits, and are essential in a well balanced diet. They are high in water, vitamins and fiber. Regular consumption is associated decreased risks in cancer and coronary artery disease, and this cannot be simply attributed to cancer. Recent studies have linked these effects to phytochemicals, and in fruits and vegetables these are often in the form of phenolic compounds. Phenolic compounds are known to act as anti-oxidants, and while much of the research present in literature focus on phenolics as being anti-cancer compounds, more recent studies suggest they may also have indirect and direct effects on inflammation. Studies by Food Science Australia has highlighted three flora that have been shown to decrease interferon-gamma release from T cells, which infers an anti-inflammatory action. The work to be completed will further the hypothesis that these flora have the anti-inflammatory actions on inflammatory cells.

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