Tags: Alcoholism, Antioxidant Protection, Antioxidants, body toxin, Daily Values, liver damage, natural antioxidant, nutrient loss, oxidative stress, supplemental program, vitamins CTopic: illness|
Although alcohol devastates the body both directly as a toxin and indirectly through nutrient loss, scientists suspect that it may also affect the body’s natural antioxidant defenses.
Antioxidants are substances that protect your body’s healthy molecules against damage by unstable molecules called free radicals. Heavy alcohol use not only increases the production of free radicals, but it also depletes stores of antioxidants, like vitamins C and E. That means that while those nasty rogue molecules are increasing exponentially, the natural warriors needed to fight them off are decreasing rapidly. This imbalance is called “oxidative stress.” Read the rest of this entry »