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Antioxidants Appear to Protect Against Diabetes

By Alison McCook

February 16, 2004

Eating a diet rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, appears to ward off Diabetes, new research reports.

A group of Finnish researchers found that people who ate diets that contained the most vitamin E were 30 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, than people who consumed the least amount of vitamin E.

People who consumed large amounts of carotenoids, a group of compounds that produce the red, yellow, and orange colors found in many fruits and vegetables, were also less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Vitamin C intake, in contrast, appeared to exert no effect on diabetes risk.

Study author Jukka Montonen of the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki told Reuters Health that more studies are needed before researchers can recommend that people at risk of type 2 diabetes switch to an antioxidant-rich diet to ward off the disease.

However, Montonen noted that antioxidants are present in whole grains and fruits and vegetables, important ingredients for an overall healthy diet

"Our findings are in line with the general recommendation to include plenty of vegetables and fruits in one's daily diet," the researcher noted.

Losing any excess weight and staying physically fit are two other important steps people should take to ward off type 2 diabetes, Montonen added.

Previous research has shown that vitamin E and other antioxidants may protect people from type 2 diabetes by mopping up free radicals, cell-damaging particles that are a byproduct of normal metabolism.

During the current study, Montonen and colleagues followed more than 4,000 people between the ages of 40 and 69 for 23 years, noting what they ate and who developed type 2 diabetes.

The researchers linked type 2 diabetes risk to a number of different forms of vitamin E, carotenoids and vitamin C.

During the study follow-up, 164 men and 219 women developed type 2 diabetes.

Although overall intake of vitamin E and carotenoids appeared to reduce the risk of diabetes, certain forms of those antioxidants showed more of an inhibiting effect than others.

The researcher added that the complex nature of our diets makes it difficult to pinpoint whether a single antioxidant can truly reduce the risk of diabetes, perhaps explaining why vitamin C appeared to offer no protection from the condition.

"Instead of isolated nutrients, people eat meals mixing different foods, giving several nutrients a chance to interact. The effect of the complex overall diet may conceal the effect of single nutrients," Montonen explained.

Montonen added that people who ate an antioxidant-rich diet may simply have had a healthier diet overall, making it hard to determine whether the protective effect came from antioxidants themselves.

The researcher noted that people who are trying to reduce their risk of diabetes through diet should stick to fruits, vegetables and other antioxidant-rich foods, rather than vitamin supplements.

"We do not know the beneficial amount or combination of the antioxidants. Vitamin supplements should not be recommended for prevention of type 2 diabetes," Montonen said.

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LB17 live probiotic best probiotic to help ensure that there is a good balance of friendly bacteria in the digestive system to help break down and absorb food consumed. It will ensure that the body gets all the essential nutrients

Concentrated Natural Flax Hulls is a very good dietary fibre as it contains both soluble and insoluble fibres. It is totally natural and suitable for vegetarians as well as "raw foods" practitioners. In addition the Flax Hulls provide you with the recommended daily value of Vitamin B12. At the same time they contain lignans, which are great immune system boosters, reduces free radical activity in the body and support the prevention of prostate, bowel and breast cancers. Used with LB17 will ensure that the lignans are absorbed efficiently by the body and helps reduce gas and bloating usually associated with a high fibre diet.

The above information is provided for general educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace competent health care advice received from a knowledgeable healthcare professional. You are urged to seek healthcare advice for the treatment of any illness or disease.
Health Canada and the FDA (USA) have not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.




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