Antioxidant micronutrients in the prevention of age-related diseases

J Postgrad Med. 2003 Jul-Sep;49(3):229-35.

Polidori MC.

Institut fur Biochemie und Molekularbiologie I, Heinrich-Heine-Universitat Dusseldorf, Universitatsstr. 1, Geb. 22.03, D-40225 Dusseldorf, Germany.

The role and functions of antioxidant micronutrients such as ascorbate (vitamin C), a-tocopherol (vitamin E) and carotenoids that are provided through the diet in aging and in the prevention of age-related diseases are discussed in the present work. In general, a healthy lifestyle involving regular exercise and avoidance of tobacco or alcohol abuse are the key to the prevention of several age-related diseases including cardiovascular diseases, dementia and cancer. A balanced and regular nutrition with at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day is a critical constituent of such a healthy lifestyle.

Publication Types:
Review, Tutorial

PMID: 14597786 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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