There are many evidences pointing to oxidative stress as the promoter of the development of many degenerative diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and neurodegeneration. It has been suggested that a diet rich in antioxidants would be beneficial to human health. To determine the antioxidant capacity of the different sources of antioxidants, they have different chemical methods used, in vitro cells, laboratory animals, and recently nanoparticles. This chapter provides an account of the main antioxidant evaluation methods applied to phenolic compounds, recounting their advantages and disadvantages, as well as a reflection on the parameters that should always care to obtain reproducible results.
Part of the book: Phenolic Compounds