Can Antioxidants Protect against Illness
& Premature Ageing?
Antioxidants mop up damaging chemicals in the body
and guard against many chronic diseases. Heart disease, arthritis, cancer and
many other common chronic diseases derive from the same source: fortuitous mutations,
caused largely by free radicals. Under optimum conditions, our cells are protected
against the free radicals and lipid peroxidation.
There is a complex defense
system in the body, in which vitamins, minerals, amino acids and certain enzymes
play a central role. This defense is called the antioxidant system. Antioxidants
are substances which react chemically with free radicals and render them harmless.
At the same time they break the vicious circle which involves the decomposition
of fatty aids and proteins, the creation of new free radical and eventual cell
death. Known antioxidants include:
- Vitamins A,
some of the B vitamins, Beta-Carotene,
- Co-Enzyme Q10
acids (e.g. L-Carnosine)
Each and every one of us can protect our cells from decomposition
by ensuring that we receive sufficient antioxidants daily.
now consider that the following diseases are caused or aggravated by free radicals
and lipid peroxidation:
- Alcoholic liver and heart conditions
- Circulation disturbances
- Emphysema of the lung
- Liver Cirrhosis
- Neuronal Lipofuscinosis
- Parkinson's Disease
- Retinal Diseases
- Rheumatoid diseases
- Senile Dementia