Positive evidence that Antioxidants are effective in slowing down aging process

Positive evidence that Antioxidants are effective in slowing down aging process—— Research Review

Research for the secret of eternal youth is as old as the medical science itself.  Is this an achievable goal? Is there anything which slows down the process of aging?  Is it possible to control the occurrence degenerative diseases in old age? What is the role of anti-oxidants in the aging process? How the work to slow the aging process? These questions need answers with positive evidence in our daily life.

Antioxidants are compounds that occur naturally in our body and food. Antioxidants work with other compounds in the body in maintaining the health and wellness of the body in old age. They protect the body cells from the damaging effects of the free radicals. In addition to the environmental free radicals, body itself produces free radicals in the course of energy production. It is an established fact that free radicals are the casual factor in every degenerative disease of the old age. Free radicals trigger the process of aging itself. “The amount of antioxidants that you maintain in your body is directly proportional to how long you will live.” –  Richard Cutler M.D., Director Anti-Aging Research, National Institute of Health (NIH).

In Kenneth Pelletier’s book Longevity, he cites the work of Lester Packer as saying:

If free radical injury constitutes a major environmental cause of aging, then increased dietary concentrations of suitable forms of antioxidants and free radical scavengers should afford some protection and could contribute to an organism’s ability to realize its maximum life span.

People think that simply taking good healthy food is sufficient for the daily intake of antioxidants. But nowadays, food processing methods an excessive cooking can deplete the beneficial effects of these nutrients in the food. So addition intake is recommended as the age advances.

Scientists understanding of the benefits of vitamins has rapidly advanced, and it now appears that people who get enough vitamins may be able to prevent such common chronic illnesses as cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.  All adults should take a multivitamin daily. -Journal of American Medical Association, June 19, 2002.

“Does taking larger doses of dietary antioxidants help limit the gradual buildup of cellular damage that one day may turn into chronic disease?” asked NAS panel chair Norman Krinsky of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. There is overwhelming research evidence present that demonstrate the fact that diet rich in antioxidants and antioxidant supplements helps in slowing the aging process.

Antioxidants have been known to scientists for decades and there is a number of reported researches on this subject however we still need much work to discover how to tap the incredible benefits of antioxidants.  Scientists are evidentially confident for the life-saving and life extending power of antioxidants.

Reference:

Cutler R. Antioxidants and ageing. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition [Am J Clin Nutr], Suppl. 53(1):373S. 1991.

Frilich L and Riederer P. Free radical mechanism in dementia of Alzheimer’s type and the potential for antioxidant treatment.   Arzneim-Forsch/Drug Rsch 45(1):443. 1995.
Duthie S, Ma A, Ross M, Collins A. Antioxidant supplementation decreases oxidative DNA damage in human lymphocytes. Cancer Research 56:1291. 1996.
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Author:  Dr Rubina Mushtaq

 

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