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HS 331: The Role of Antioxidants

by: Sydney Brummett

HS 331: The Role of Antioxidants HS 331

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These notes cover the role of antioxidants. This weeks in depth analysis is on cancer, which is also covered. Keep in mind there will be a final exam. This material is needed.
Principles of Diet and Nutrition
Dr. Lisa Wray
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Date Created: 10/06/16
Chapter 8 Lecture: Nutrients Involved in Antioxidant Function and Vision • Structure of Atoms o Atom: the smallest unit of matter § Atoms are composed of • Nucleus – positively charged center portion of the atom • Electrons – negatively charged particles surrounding the nucleus • Oxidation o Molecules are composed of atoms o During metabolic reactions, electrons ban be transferred § From the atoms to one molecule § To the atoms of another molecule o Oxidation: the loss of electrons from a molecule o Reduction: the gain of electrons by a molecule o Oxidation and reduction usually occur together as an exchange reaction o Stable atoms contain an even number of paired electrons o Free radical: an atom that has lost an electron and is left with an unpaired electron § Highly reactive and can cause damage to molecules in the cell • Formation of free radicals o Many metabolic processes involve oxidation reactions and can produce free radicals § Free radicals are also produced by: • Pollution • Ultraviolet light and radiation • Toxic substances • Impact of free radicals o Free radicals cause damage to § Cell membranes § Low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) § Proteins in the cell § Genetic material (DNA) • Diseases linked to free radicals o Cancer o Heart disease o Type 2 diabetes o Arthritis o Cataracts o Alzheimer’s disease o Parkinson’s disease • Antioxidants o Free-radical formation is generally kept under control by antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals § Antioxidant vitamins donate electrons or hydrogen atoms to free radicals to stabilize them § Antioxidant minerals work within antioxidant enzyme systems that limit damage and destroy free radicals § Phytochemicals are plant chemicals that help stabilize free radicals and prevent damage • Vitamin E o Vitamin E is fat-soluble vitamin made of o Tocotrienol – biologically inactive form o Tocopherol – biologically active form • Functions of Vitamin E o Primary role is as an antioxidant o Protects polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) o Protects low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) o Recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is 15 mg alpha-tocopherol per day o Tolerable upper limit is 1,000 mg per day o Sources of vitamin E § Veggie oils, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, soybeans § Animal and dairy products are poor source o What if you consume too much vitamin E? § Some studies suggest possible links to vascular disease, diabetes, heart failure, and prostate cancer § Side effects such as nausea, intestinal distress, and diarrhea and have been reported § Vitamin E can interfere with anticoagulant medication o What if you don’t consume enough vitamin E? § Vitamin E deficiencies are uncommon § Can result in fragile red blood cells (erythrocyte hemolysis) § Can cause loss of muscle coordination and reflexes § Can impair immune function • Vitamin C o Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that must be consume in the human diet o Functions of vitamin C: § Antioxidant § Synthesis of collagen § Prevents the disease scurvy § Enhances the immune system § Regenerated vitamin E after oxidation § Enhances the absorption of iron o Recommended intake § 90 mg/day for men; 75 mg/day for women § Smokers need an extra 35 mg/day § UL is 2,000 mg/day for adults o Sources of vitamin C § Fresh fruits and veggies § Heat destroys vitamin C § Cooking foods lowers their vitamin C content o What if you consume too much vitamin C? § Megadoses (ten times or more of the recommended intake) of vitamin C can cause nausea, diarrhea, nosebleeds, and abdominal cramps § Can cause iron toxicity in people with hemochromatosis § Can lead to kidney stone formation in people with kidney disease o What if you don’t consume enough vitamin C? § Scurvy is the most common vitamin C deficiency disease • Bleeding gums, loose teeth, wounds that fail to heal, swollen ankles and wrists, bone pain and fractures, diarrhea, weakness, and depression § Anemia can also result from vitamin C deficiency • Selenium o Selenium is a trace mineral found in a few amino acids in the body § Functions of selenium • Antioxidant – art of the glutathione peroxidase enzyme system • Production of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone o Recommended intake § 55 micro grams per day for men and women § UL is 400 micro grams per day o Sources of selenium § Rich sources include organ meats, pork, seafood, fish, and nuts o What if you consume too much? § Selenium toxicity (brittle hair, nails, skin rashes) can result from supplements o What if you don’t consume enough? § Keshan disease: a form of heart disease § Kashin-Beck disease: a type of arthritis • Copper, Iron, Zinc, and Manganese o Cofactor: a compound needed for proper functioning an enzyme § Copper, zinc, and manganese are cofactors for the superoxide dismutase antioxidant enzyme system § Copper, iron, and zinc help us maintain the health of our blood § Manganese is an important cofactor in carbohydrate metabolism • Beta-Carotene o Beta-carotene is: § In the class of chemicals called carotenoids § A provitamin: inactive precursors that must be converted to the active form of a vitamin in the body § The precursor or retinol, an active form of vitamin A o Functions of beta-carotene: § A relatively weak antioxidant § Effective against oxidation in cell membranes and LDLs o Carotenoids in general are known to: § Enhance the immune system § Protect skin from damage by UV light § Protect eyes from damage o Recommended intake: § Not considered an essential nutrient § No RDA has been established o Sources of beta-carotene: § Fruits and veggies are red, orange, yellow and deep green § Carotenoids are better absorbed from cooked foods o What if you consume too much? § Large quantities do not appear to be toxic § Skin may turn yellow or orange at high intakes; harmless and reversible o What if you don’t consume enough? § There are no known deficiency symptoms • Vitamin A o Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin § Excess vitamin A is stored in the liver, adipose tissue, kidneys and lungs § There are three active forms of vitamin A • Retinol • Retinal • Retinoic acid o Functions of Vitamin A: § Contributes to cell differentiation § Contributes to reproduction and bone growth § May act as an antioxidant § Essential to sight o Recommended daily intake: § RDA is 900 micro grams per day for men, 700 micro grams per day for women o Sources of vitamin A: § Animal sources: liver, eggs § Plant sources such as the provitamin carotenoids (dark-green, orange, and deep-yellow fruits and veggies) o What if you consume too much? § Vitamin A is highly toxic, especially from supplements § Birth defects and permanent damage to the liver and eyes can result o What if you don’t consume enough? § Night blindness is the most common disease § Irreversible blindness (xerophthalmia) • In Depth: Cancer o Cancer: a group of related diseases characterized by cells growing out of control § Composed of three steps • Initiation – a cell’s DAN is mutated • Promotion – altered cell repeatedly divides • Progression – cells grow out of control o Factors that increase risk for cancer: § Family history of cancer § Tobacco use § Weight, poor diet, and sedentary lifestyle § Infectious agents (e.g., STDs) § Sun exposure (ultraviolet radiation) o Signs and symptoms of cancer § Unexplained weight loss § Fever § Extreme fatigue § Pain § Skin changes § Changes in bowl habits or bladder function § Indigestion or trouble swallowing § White patches inside the mouth or on the tongue § Unusual bleeding or discharge § Any thickening or lump § Nagging cough or hoarseness o Cancer treatments § Treatment varies according to the location, the ell type, whether or not it has metastasize, and other individual factors § Three major types of treatments: • Surgery • Radiation • Chemotherapy o Cancer prevention: § Check: get screenings and exams § Quit: stop smoking and alcohol abuse § Move: get regular physical activity § Nourish: maintain a recommended weight and eta a balanced, healthful diet o Role of Antioxidant in Cancer § Antioxidants may contribute to reducing the risk of cancer § Antioxidants may reduce cancer risk by: • Enhancing the immune system • Preventing oxidative damage to cells • Inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and tumors • Inhibiting the capacity of cancer cells to avoid again and programmed cell death (apoptosis)


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