So, how do antioxidants combat diseases?
Antioxidants neutralizes the free radicals that cause us to be sick and that which create the diseases in our bodies, and can also help build immunity in the body by building or maintaining healthy cells.
To find out how free radicals cause diseases in our bodies, check out "Free Radicals and Oxidation" page, or click on the tab "Free Radicals and Oxidation" above.
And if you are unsure what are antioxidants, check out "What Are Antioxidants?" page, or click on the tab "What Are Antioxidants?" above.
First, let's try and understand the type of diseases there are.
In board terms, diseases can be categorized into:
And like all good sciences, the above two main categories can be further sub-categorized ... see below.
For ease of referencing and searching on this site, I will attempt to categorize them, too, in case ...
Some folks might want to look for a specific disease's information and
how antioxidant counteracts this particular disease.
Now, while science wants to pigeon hole them in neat little categories/groups, Nature, of course, can operate differently. So, one disease can lead to another, and one disease can have many symptoms. Trying to link them - being a non-medically trained person, but only someone interested in health sciences - will be a challenge but I will attempt, as best a logical sorting or categorization as possible, from a lay perspective.
World Health Organization (WHO) has a defined classification of diseases.
For those interested in WHO's classification, here's the link:
While I attempt to follow WHO's classification, it may get too
technical. For example, while I would like to write about inflammation
and antioxidant, in the WHO's list, inflammation appears in different
categories. In instances like these, I will have to have a separate
category or list the diseases where I think most folks would search for
Let the List begins ...
Hyperlipidemia (high level of fats in the blood)
Arteriosclerosis (thickening and hardening of artery walls)
Fatty Liver (build up of fats in the liver)
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Obesity (being over weight)
Cerebral Infraction (stroke caused by blockage)
Myocardial infraction (heart attack)
Post Cardiac Arrest (resuscitated heart after the heart stopped)
Simply ... Antioxidants neutralizes the free radicals, and repair cell damages.
Technically speaking, there is only one categorization - that is, "Infection".
But for purposes of understanding the types of infections and hence, their treatments, infectious diseases are sub-categorized by the agents that cause these infections.
Urinary tract infections (UTI)
Ebola hemorrhagic fever
Chickenpox and shingles
With infectious disease, the disease only occurs when the infection causes damages to the cells. Hence, it's technically a 2-stage process:
In case you are wondering ...
Well, germs are the "bad guys" population of the above that causes the infections, and the subsequent diseases if the infection is not brought under control.
But, then you might ask ... there are good bacteria and bad bacteria, aren't there?
Only the bad bacteria are called germs.
Antioxidants aid in 2 ways:
And where the infections results in free radicals being created, antioxidants will neutralize the free radicals, too.
Out of interest, besides the WHO's listing of diseases, there are other ways diseases are categorized:
- simply, looking at symptoms Vs looking at the causes
These are some definitions, which may interest some folks, distinguished simply:
I am not trying to demonstrate an English lesson here but simply, listing these for the interest of some. Nor, are the above the only definitions ... but only to give a flavor of what the words may mean when one reads a health article, for the benefit of some.
What are the resultant effects of these diseases? - distinguished simply:
Again, these are not the only definitions around, but will provide some distinctions for some readers' understanding.
Why list these diseases when the simply answer on how antioxidants combat diseases is just simply that antioxidants neutralize the free radicals ... and bingo, the disease is overcome and the body/cells are healed.
My intent is to add information pertaining to each disease or group of diseases, and on how antioxidants can (possibly) aid in each case.
Each topic will require a lot research. Hence, it will be added through time. Hope you will check back with us from time to time, to see what's been added and what's new.
The pages on this site are not meant to diagnose nor cure, and especially not to counter any medical advise given. (Please see disclaimer)
The information on this site are purely for informative and educational purposes only. I am not a medically trained person. I only wish to share what I have learned through the years and through my own medical journey, and through my own research, as I had briefly described in my home page.
My intent is to provide easy to understand "starter" information, in hope that they will spur you on to discover more ways to gain or re-gain your health, in simple and natural ways ... perhaps starting with antioxidants? ;-)
Last but not least, as with most, if not all, website owners we can't be responsible for any third party sites.
Good Health ... can be had in simple and natural ways.
May you enjoy Good Health always!!!
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