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Rheumatologist friends may no agreee
Road Back Foundation
Asthma Foundation of
of Health & Welfare
Public Health Division
Visible Human Project
of Neurology Homepage
Australian Doctor Online
The Medical Journal of Australia
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!?
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
or 5 fruit and 5 veg or more
keeps the Doctor away.
full story can viewed at The Victorian Public Health Division.
Last Update 25/9/97 by Rick Whitehouse.