Vegetarian diets may have protective effect against antioxidant stress

Oxidative stress is implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of diseases and conditions, such as cancer, cataracts, diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, viral autoimmune diseases, and aging. A recent study conducted by researchers at the KLE University and the Navodaya Medical College in Karnataka, India, examined the relation of oxidative stress and antioxidant defense status with vegetarian and nonvegetarian diets.

Vegetarian nutrition appears to provide adequate antioxidants, which effectively prevent free radical generation and are thus responsible for better antioxidant status.”
-Manjunath Somannavar, MD, assistant professor, Department of Biochemstry, KLE University's JNMedical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

The study investigators found that vegetarians had improved anti-oxidant status and lower levels of oxidative stress compared with nonvegetarians. These data may explain the association between vegetarian diets and...

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