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THE ANTI-OXIDANT STORY.
      PATIENT'S LINKS
This one is a must though my Rheumatologist friends may no agreee
Road Back Foundation
 Asthma Foundation of Victoria
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
 
 
   LINK'S FOR DOCTORS.
Public Health Division
The Virtual Anaesthesia Textbook
 RACOG Homepage
 The Visible Human Project
 TheWhole Brain Atlas
 Archives of Neurology Homepage
 Australian Doctor Online
 eMJA The Medical Journal of Australia
 ANZCA Home Page
 
Both Rick & Lily are practising GP's at the Wonthaggi Medical Group.
 
 
 
 
  THE ANTI-OXIDANT STORY. 
(Or An Apple a Day keeps the Doctor Away)
(The Vitamin C,E and beta-carotene story.)
Anti-oxidants are thought to be helpful in preventing much of the disease we now
see ,especially in Western society ,in particular Cardiovascular(heart etc.) disease
and many cancers. It is thought they do this by neutralising "free radicals". Free
radicals are formed as a result of normal metabolic functions but are also increased
by various "toxic" influences on the body.(eg. Smoking , Excessive sun exposure
Toxic chemicals, High fat diet etc.) An excess of free radicals causes tissue damage
resulting in various diseases. The body has its own internal mechanisms for dealing
with these free radicals but may become overloaded. Anti-oxidants in the diet may
then help. Population studies have shown a beneficial effect of diets high in
anti-oxidants in reducing problems such as cardio-vascular disease and various cancers.
The Anti-oxidants include compounds such as Vitamins C & E , Beta-carotene,and
many others. These are abundant in various fruit , vegetables and grains.
So it's easy right ,go to the health store and by a bottle of anti-oxidants or Vitamins
or whatever and Bob's your uncle!?
WRONG!!!!!!!!
Get your anti-oxidants from the GreenGrocer (or market or supermarket.)
No studies have shown a consistent benefit in the use of supplements and some have
shown a detremintal effect. You need to get your anti-oxidants from your diet.
So remember that old saying -:
"An Apple a Day keeps the Doctor away"
or 5 fruit and 5 veg or more keeps the Doctor away.
The full story can viewed at The Victorian Public Health Division.
 http://hna.ffh.vic.gov.au/phb/hprot/tgu/antioxid/contents.html
 
 
 
 
 
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Last Update 25/9/97  by Rick Whitehouse.