"An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules.
"Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent.
"Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells.
"Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions by being oxidized themselves. As a result, antioxidants are often reducing agents such as thiols or polyphenols.
"Although oxidation reactions are crucial for life, they can also be damaging; hence, plants and animals maintain complex systems of multiple types of antioxidants, such as glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E as well as enzymes such as catalase, superoxide dismutase and various peroxidases.
Low levels of antioxidants, or inhibition of the antioxidant enzymes, causes oxidative stress and may damage or kill cells.
"As oxidative stress might be an important part of many human diseases, the use of antioxidants in pharmacology is intensively studied, particularly as treatments for stroke and neurodegenerative diseases. However, it is unknown whether oxidative stress is the cause or the consequence of disease.
"Antioxidants are also widely used as ingredients in dietary supplements in the hope of maintaining health and preventing diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease.
"Although initial studies suggested that antioxidant supplements might promote health, later large clinical trials did not detect any benefit and suggested instead that excess supplementation may be harmful.
"In addition to these uses of natural antioxidants in medicine, these compounds have many industrial uses, such as preservatives in food and cosmetics and preventing the degradation of rubber and gasoline."
VMP'S COMMENTS: AS PER MY STUDY, CANCERS ARE CAUSED BY THE ACCUMULATION OF CALCIUM IN LARGE QUANTITIES, ENHANCED BY MAGNESIUM ADDITION. HEART ATTACK (CORONARY HEART DISEASE) IS THE RESULT OF CALCIUM (WITH MAGNESIUM) HARDENING THE CELLS OF THE BLOOD VESSEL WALLS TO THE EXTENT OF CREATING BLOCKAGES.
STROKES OCCUR BECAUSE OF THE ABSENCE OF BLOOD IN THE BRAIN, DUE TO IMPEDED FLOW, WHICH IN TURN DUE TO BLOOD VESSEL BLOCKAGES OR RUPTURES.
WHEN NERVES GET CALCIFIDE, NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE OCCURS.
WHEN THESE DISEASES OCCUR, THE CELLS DIE. WHEN THEY DIE, THEY PRODUCE TREMENDOUS OXIDATIVE STRESS.
SOME SCIENTISTS, SIMILAR TO E.COLI NOBEL PRIZE WINNER, MISTOOK THIS PHENOMENON, AND HAVE MISINTERPRETED THE WHOLE SEQUENCE.
SEE THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLE:
A MAN DIES. THEN, LOTS OF BACTERIA COME TO FEED ON THE DEAD TISSUES. LOTS OF FUNGI (CALLED SAPROPHYTES) ALSO COME AND EAT THE DEAD TISSUE, AND DECOMPOSE IT.
THIS CAN BE MISINTEPRETED AS "LOTS OF BACTERIA AND FUNGI ATE THE TISSUES, AND THEREFORE THE PERSON DIED". THIS IS HOW THE MISTAKEN SCIENTISTS HAVE MISINTERPRETED THE ANTI-OXIDANT THEORY.
THE BACTERIA CALLED ESCHERICHIA COLI (OR, E.COLI, FOR SHORT), COMES TO FEED ON THE OPEN WOUND CREATED BY HYDROCHLORIC ACID IN THE DUODENAL ULCER. THIS IS THE TRUTH. SOMEONE SAID, IT IS E.COLI THAT CREATES THE DUODENAL ULCER, AND HE WAS GIVEN THE NOBEL PRIZE.
IN NATURE, THE BODY DOES NOT DEVELOP GENETICALLY ANYTHING THAT IS DAMAGING TO ITS OWN BODY. "SELECTION OF FITTEST" IS THE RULE OF EVOLUTION, BY WHICH NEW AND ABLE SPECIES DEVELOP. MAN BECAME SO HIGHLY SPECIALISED ONLU THROUGH THIS PRINCIPLE.
BASED ON THE ABOVE FACT, THE OCCURRENCE OF SELF-DESTRUCTING ENZYMES, DESTRUCTIVE HORMONES AND AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES IN THE BODY TEND RAISE DOUBTS IN OUR MIND.
SIMILAR TO THE ABOVE, OF LATE, SOME ONE HAS COME UP WITH THE THEORY THAT THE BODY CELLS ARE PROGRAMMED TO COMMIT SUICIDE!
IF OXIDENTS WERE DESTROYING CELLS TO DEATH, HOW COME THE HUMAN (AS WELL AS ANIMAL) RACE IS STILL ALIVE? THIS CREATES DOUBT IN OUT MIND.
MARKETING PEOPLE ARE QUICK TO MAKE USE OF THIS KIND OF FALLACIES.
I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER THE STORY I TOLD: THE "BEST MARKETING MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD" WAS GIVEN TO A FELLOW WHO SOLD A REFERIGERATOR TO AN ESKIMO, WHO LIVES IN THE POLAR REGION ON THE ICE IN IGLOOS!
I THINK, ONE SHOULD EVALUATE THE TRUTH IN WHATEVER HE HEARS, FROM WHOSOEVER IT MAY BE, BEFORE ACCEPTING IT AS THE TOTAL TRUTH.