F.2. Antioxidants to prevent broncholithiasis
Evidences of antioxidants enhance immune function in fighting against free radicals and foreign invasion are well know, specially in aging population. In the study by Institute of Human Nutrition, University of Southampton, showed that while antioxidant defenses interact when a component is compromised, the nature and extent of the defenses are influenced by dietary intake of sulfur amino acids, for glutathione synthesis, and vitamins E and C. In animal studies, in vivo and in vitro responses to inflammatory stimuli are influenced by dietary intake of copper, zinc, selenium, N-acetylcysteine, cysteine, methionine, taurine, and vitamin E. Information from animal studies has yet to be fully translated into a clinical context. However, N-acetylcysteine, vitamin E, and a cocktail of antioxidant nutrients have reduced inflammatory symptoms in inflammatory joint disease, acute and chronic pancreatitis, and adult respiratory distress syndrome. Impaired antioxidant defenses may contribute to disease progression after infection with human immunodeficiency virus. Powerful arguments have been advanced for treatment with antioxidants to slow progression of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome(41).
Also according to the study by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, several laboratories, including our own, have shown that antioxidants preserve an adequate function of immune cells against homeostatic disturbances caused by oxidative stress, such as that involved with age. Therefore, since the immune system is an indicator of health and a longevity predictor, the protection of this system afforded by dietary antioxidant supplementation may play an important role in order to achieve a healthy ageing(42).
Respiratory Disease is defined as medical conditions, affecting the breathing organ and tissues including Inflammatory lung disease, Obstructive lung diseases, Restrictive lung diseases, Respiratory tract infections, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, alveoli, the nerves and muscles breathing , etc,.
Bronchiectasis is defined as a condition chracterized by the damage of the localized, irreversible dilation of part of the bronchial tree and the walls of the large airways of the lung as a result of the destruction of the lung muscles and elastic tissues. Bronchiectasis can be present alone, but in most cases, it is a disease coexisted with patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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