Micronutrients and Antioxidants Can Help Prevent Mesothelioma Cancer
Those who already enjoy a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will find that they can enjoy a tremendous variety of benefits to their health. Research shows that, in addition to the general metabolic and vitamin-based advantages that come with fruits and vegetables, individuals may also be able to prevent a number of diseases because of the nutrients found in these foods. Evidence currently suggests that these foods can help prevent damage to the body as caused by asbestos exposure—which is great news for those who feel as though they may be at a significantly higher risk of developing mesothelioma cancer, perhaps due to radiation exposure, smoking habits, or simply their family history.
For the last several years, researchers have established numerous trials and studies in order to determine how asbestos may cause harm to human tissue. Despite all of the advanced research, experts did not understand how asbestos could lead to the development of mesothelioma. While many loose connections were available, researchers were especially able to link oxidative stress to the development of the debilitating illness; Turkish researchers found that an individual’s level of oxidative stress may be a good indicator of how likely they are to develop the cancer. In such instances, if oxidative stress can lead to mesothelioma, researchers concluded that enjoying antioxidants in the body could help reduce the oxidative stress .
Once asbestos is inside the body, it can lead to the creation of chemicals known as reactive oxygen species, or ROS. While these chemicals are not harmful at smaller levels, they can eventually clutter the body and disrupt signals to an individual’s immune system. When they are especially out of balance, they can cause significant damage on a cellular level, going so far as to create problems in an individual’s DNA. Not only can such levels lead to mesothelioma, but scientists also believe that high amounts of oxidative stress could also be involved in the progression of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Fortunately, however, a good diet can help. Antioxidants are defined as substances found in food that can enter the body and help repair damage caused by free radicals and ROS. These components are found in a large number of food products, including beans and grains. Studies show that certain fruits, such as acai berries, contain a tremendous amount of antioxidants, which makes them particularly desirable for those who feel as though they may be at risk for developing mesothelioma .
Antioxidants work to counter the progression of free radicals by donating electrons (compared to the stealing action of free radicals). When an electron is replaced, a chain reaction is prevented, hence resulting in the restoration of normal cellular function.
In order to receive the most benefits, it is strongly recommended for individuals to eat plenty of diverse antioxidant-rich foods as regularly as possible. No matter how much damage the person may have been exposed to in their lifetime, a diet of antioxidants can help the body repair and prevent further damage. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, artichokes, spinach and red beans are all delicious food options that anybody can incorporate into their regular diet to see improvements.
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