Sunday, 26 October 2014

How antioxidants protect your body from disease


Zinc is commonly used by a large community around the world for the prevention of Cold and flu, to aid in the cure of diarrhoea, as a supportive mineral in sickle-cell anaemia, to boost their hormonal system and to cover the malaise and fatigue.

Now, you will see how zinc fights infections. It fights infections by balancing the immune system response. Further, zinc prevents infection, stopping the action of a protein, which plays an important role in the immune system response to infection. It also helps to prevent or to cut the severity of inflammation in the same way.
This has stated in a research study by Daren Knoell, Professor of Pharmacy and Internal Medicine at the University of Ohio. In a University press release, Daren Knoell said” We believe that our findings help to narrow an important gap that has existed in our understanding of how this relatively simple mineral helps us defend ourselves from infections.
The study further highlights that the state of Zinc deficiency at the time of disease could be damaging and can even lead to death. 

  • Let's see eat the study further says, if you are in a Zinc deficiency status at the time of infection, so your defence system is simplified, and obviously you are at the disadvantage side of your body protection.
  •  The study further elaborates that Zinc is carried to the site of infection by a specific Protein, where it balances the immune response.

You must note that the study is carried out on the condition of Sepsis, where the ratio of inflammation was dependent upon the Zinc deficiency status. 

  • The study further concluded that these disease prevention attribute of Zinc can not only be specified to Sepsis, and are equally applicable to other infectious conditions, as well.

Now, lets fans what this study advice to the ICU, s patients. Along with zinc, we must also see the deficiency status of the other nutrients as well” The study recommended.

  • The study recommends a supplementation of mg to 11 mg of Zinc on a regular daily basis, however, has not recommended the duration of its intake.

The study is published in the journal, Cell Reports, and appeared on February 07, 2014.

  • You can also see the further details of the study that the Zinc benefits can further be extended to over 2 Billion people of the word, who are still Zinc deficient. The Zinc deficiency rate is 40% of the elderly population of the USA.

Now, let's have a look at the natural resources of Zinc., 
The sources of zinc, according to the US national institute of Health, Poultry, red meat, beans, nuts, some shellfish, whole grains, fortified cereals and dairy products.

Before we discuss the role of Zinc as antioxidants, let's first review about the essence of antioxidants. Antioxidants inhibit the cellular oxidation of cells, by the oxygen. In order to understand the function associated with antioxidants, let's review some daily life example.
If any metal which is not protected by varnish or other protecting material, there are chances they will get rust. This rust formation is the result of the oxidation of the metal surface. Same applies to the human body, as well. Your body may get damaged by the oxidation at the cellular level, the role of anti-oxidants is to inhibit this oxidation process and to protect the body from the cellular damage caused by the oxidation.
The second important point, There are different types of Anti-Oxidants in the food we take. The important Anti-oxidants are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Zinc. These all give the benefits associated with antioxidants. Your body will get the following benefits by the food continuing antioxidants.

  • It prevents your body from the motion sickness.
  • It prevents the human body,s from the cellular damage.
  • It prevents your body from the ageing effects.
  • It keeps us healthy and fresh.
You can get all the mentioned benefits of antioxidants by taking food rich in antioxidants ingredient. 



These foods are nuts, legumes, Coldwater fish, seafood and red meat.In our today discussion, we are going to share the antioxidant properties of Zinc.
Zinc as an antioxidant: Let me share with you a landmark research study, published in the Journal of Nutrition. The findings of the study areas,
  • Zinc deficiency at the acute stage involves two mechanisms, one is the protection of protein sulfhydryl and second is the reduction of OH formation inside your body. The security of protein and the reduction of OH, formation are both the processes that give us the benefits of protection from the oxidation process.
  • Zinc deficiency at chronic stage results in the Oxidative stress. It is the imbalance between the oxidation agents a the concentration of antioxidants within your body to counteract the oxidation effects. This imbalance leads your body to the neurodegenerative diseases, fatigue, inflammatory diseases and even up to heart attack.
Zinc intake will give the following benefits to your body. It will increase your body immunity, the power to combat the outside body invaders that cause different diseases. Additionally, it will give protection from the bacterial infections, parasite infections, autoimmune diseases. Zinc as an antioxidant will also give the potential benefits in Viral infections, leprosy patients, elderly people, sickle-cell diseases patients and in conditions of age-related muscular degenerative diseases.
Let me share other interesting findings published at the LINUS PAULING INSTITUTE RESEARCH REPORT. The benefits that your body will get that it improves delayed sexual development and arrested growth, prevent immune and nervous system abnormalities, in all age groups.
So, it as an antioxidant provides multiple physical, psychological and metabolic benefits and helps you to protect your body from the potentially short-term disorders and the expected long-term chronic complications.
Zinc-enriched food aids to get the mentioned benefit for your body.

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