Posted on Jun 16, 2020, 6 p.m.
A recent review published in The Journal of Phytopharmacology describes scientific evidence supporting the use of plant derived antioxidants in the management of neurodegenerative disease.
Neurodegenerative diseases are ailments that disrupt the brain by disrupting the normal functions of neurons. Common symptoms include but are not limited to issues with stability, cognition, movement, reflexes, motor skills, heart beat, and inhalation.
Studies suggest that these disorders are caused by defective protein degradation and aggregation, oxidative stress, free radical generation, impaired cell energy transformation, and mitochondrial dysfunction; these events are further supported by the production of pro-inflammatory signaling molecules.
Antioxidants have been shown to have the ability to boost the body’s defense as well as sustain the structural and functional integrity of cells by scavenging free radicals and neutralizing their harmful effects which helps to prevent oxidative stress and the onset of inflammation. Because of these potent beneficial activities antioxidants carry the potential to help prevent neurodegenerative diseases.
Antioxidants have been documented to promote health by slowing down aging and fighting free radicals. Plant based foods are among the best choices for sources of antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, flavonoids, and polyphenols.
For example vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can help to lower the long term risk of neurodegenerative disorders by boosting the body’s defense mechanisms and reducing the oxidative damage that is caused by pollutants, anxiety, and poor diet through its potent biological activities.
Healthy foods that are high in antioxidants are plentiful, some good choices include dark chocolate, pecans, blueberries, strawberries, artichokes, kale, raspberries, goji berries, red cabbage, beans, beets, and spinach among many others.
While there are currently no known definitive cures for neurological disorders scientists believe that the symptoms can be managed, which mainly focuses around reducing the effects of the symptoms and increasing patient quality of life.
Natural antioxidants whether they be obtained through food or supplements offer a variety of health benefits for the management of the symptoms of neurological disorders that have become an attractive alternative to conventional medications.
Thus based on the scientific evidence documented in the increasing bodies of evidence the researchers concluded that the consumption of plant based food sources can help to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, including those that are caused by neuronal dysfunction.
“Neurodegenerative diseases are ailments that disturb the brain, precisely the neurons. The utmost mutual indicators include failures in stability, inhalation, movement, reflexes, motor skills or heartbeat activity. These can be prevented using ordinary antioxidants, like vitamins E and C, flavonoids, and polyphenols compounds. Antioxidants show a substantial effect in human’s health since they can ameliorate aging by fighting free radicals. Precisely Vitamin C can serve as a commanding antioxidant in reducing the consequence of oxidative injury triggered by pollutants, anxiety and poor diets amongst others. Thereby reducing the long-term risk of neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, neurodegenerative diseases have no cure, but they can be managed. This disease management reduces the symptoms so as to sustain the value of life. Management with natural antioxidants such as polyphenols through diet or dietary supplements with lots of benefits have become an attractive alternative. The present knowledge on antioxidants in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders and future bearings will be discussed and also assess the value for antioxidants as neuroprotective.”
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