Be wary of antioxidants


Antioxidants might cause infertility in women. It’s alarming and true. These findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) and come from Prof. Nava Deke of the Bioloigcal Regulation Department. She warns that we still don’t have a proper understanding of how antioxidants work in the human body and they may be causing this tragic and unintended side effect.

Vitamin C and E are common antioxidants. They work by eliminating a bad molecule that damages cells indiscriminately. Stress can increase these bad molecules. Antioxidants neutralize them.

Dekel and her team applied antioxidants to the ovaries of mice. When they did, the mice stopped ovulating or least very infrequently. Is it possible that the ovaries might rely on those bad molecules to some degree? It ends up that is the case and the teams experiments confirmed it.

It ends up that inflammation may have something very significant to do with ovulation. Substances which prevent inflammation in other parts of the body, may affect the ovaries and proper ovulation.

The study is doubly beneficial. While it might point out ways that antioxidants and other anti-inflammatories are preventing pregnancy, it also could lead to new forms of birth control based on diminishing ovulation. Next step is to figure out exactly how the process works in order to fix it or promote it.

Source: PNAS, MedicalNewsToday


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