Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Consumption of Sugar Generates Free Radicals!

University at Buffalo endocrinologists published a ground breaking study in the August, 2009 issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, that shows that excess sugar in the bloodstream stimulates the generation of free radicals, the oxygen molecules known to damage cells lining blood vessels and many other organs.

In blood vessels, free-radical injury causes inflammation and initiates the accumulation of plaque that can lead to blocked arteries and cardiovascular disease.

"We've known for some time that eating certain foods, particularly those containing the antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, can help protect against damage from free radicals," said Paresh Dandona, M.D., UB professor of medicine, director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism for UB and Kaleida Health, and senior author on the study. "This is the first time anyone has shown that nutrition has a role in generating free radicals."

Bill's Comments

Not only does the consumption of sugar generate dangerous free radicals, it also reduces the body's supply of antioxidants, making the whole body more susceptible to free radical damage.

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