Antioxidants To The Resuce

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Mycotoxins Cause Oxidative Stress

Mycotoxins have been implicated in causing damage through creation of oxidative stress from induction of reaction oxygen species by the toxins. Some of the mycotoxins shown to have negative health effects caused by oxidative damage are patulin, fusarochromanone, ochratoxin A, aflatoxin B1, deoxynivalenol, nivalenol, fumonisin B1, and zearalenone.

Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) Are Normal In Bodies

In aerobic organisms, oxidative activity is normal, and produces reactive oxygen species (ROS)  (we also produce reactive nitrogen species) which are a part of the bodies homeostasis (). Reactive oxygen species are kept in check by the activity of antioxidants and if not ROS are known to cause damage to the DNA, proteins, and lipids (). Some ROS are produced in the body through normal body processes, while others are derived from outside of the body such as those formed by ionizing radiation or mycotoxins.

How The Body Makes ROS

Some of the bodily processes that create ROS are the mitochondrial activity, cytochrome P450 metabolism, peroxisomes, and inflammatory cell activation (). The mitochondria-produced ROS are the superoxide anion (O2), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and the hydroxyl radical (⋅OH). It is  normal for cells to have a balance between ROS production and antioxidant defense activity.

 

How The Body Protects Against ROS Damage

The antioxidant mechanisms that regulate the ROS levels, are based on enzyme and non-enzyme systems. Enzyme systems rely mainly on super oxide dismutase, catalase, peroxiredoxin, thioredoxins, and glutathione S-transferase , while non-enzymatic systems would include many dietary compounds as well as body made substances such as carotenoids, tocopherols, flavonoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and melatonin (, ). Primary enzymatic antioxidants are supreoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione reductase, and glutathione preoxidase.

Cause Of Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress is created wthen there are more ROS's than there are antioxidants. Oxidative stress causes a wide number of diseases, including obesity, atherosclerosis, heart failure, uremic cardiomyopathy, kidney pathologies, hypertension, neurological disease, and cancer. Antioxidants need co-factors, that activate enzymes by binding to their catalytic sites to be able to work. In case of antioxidant enzymes, these co-factors may include the following:

  • coenzyme Q10
  • B vitamins
  • Carnitine
  • Selenium
  • Transition metals Cu, Mn, Fe, and Zn ().

Some aluminosilicate clays have also been associated with antioxidative effects.

Antioxidant Herbs

Many herbs used to decrease the inflammation of mold related illness are antioxidants. In fact most of them. A few of my favorites include, but are not limited to the following:

Green Tea - Camellia sinensis
Turmeric - Curcuma longa
Milk Thistle - Silybum marinaum

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