Research from Professor Douglas Kell, at the University of Manchester, has found that the majority of debilitating illnesses are in part caused by faulty compounds of iron which cause the production of dangerous toxins that damage the body.
These toxins, called hydroxyl radicals, cause degenerative diseases of many kinds in different parts of the body.
In order to protect the body from these dangerous varieties of poorly-bound iron, it is vital to take on nutrients, known as iron chelators, which can bind to the iron tightly and detoxify it.
Brightly-coloured fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of chelators, as is green tea, with purple fruits considered to have the best chance of binding the iron effectively.
However, despite conflicting reports, the widely-publicised benefits of red wine seem to work in a different way, and have no similar benefits, Professor Kell’s paper noted.
This new paper is the first time the link has been made between so many different diseases and the presence of the wrong form of iron, and gives a crucial clue as to how to prevent them or at least slow them down.
Professor Kell argues that the means by which iron toxins accelerates the onset of debilitating diseases shows up areas in which current, traditional thinking is flawed and can be dangerous.
For instance, Vitamin C is thought to be of great benefit to the body’s ability to defend itself against toxins and diseases.
However Professor Kell, who published his findings in the Archives of Toxicology, indicates that excess vitamin C can in fact have the opposite effect to that intended if certain iron molecules are present.
Only when iron is suitably and safely bound (“chelated”) will vitamin C work effectively.
Professor Kell said: “Much of modern biology has been concerned with the role of different genes in human disease.
“The importance of iron may have been missed because there is no gene for iron as such.
"What I have highlighted in this work is therefore a crucial area for further investigation, as many simple predictions follow from my analysis.
“If true they might change greatly the means by which we seek to prevent and even cure such diseases.”
Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research at the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:
“It is important to note that this author’s report does not describe the results of a new study, but puts forward one theory about the possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
"We need to see more research into this theory before we’ll know if iron has any role to play in developing dementia."
Dr Anne Corbett, spokesman for Alzheimer’s Society, said: "Iron is normally found in the brain and we know that it can become concentrated in the areas damaged in Alzheimer's disease.
"However, there is currently no evidence that it is a cause of the disease."
Monday, December 13, 2010
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