The Role of Detoxification in the Prevention of Chronic Degenerative Diseases

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ABSTRACT: The impact of environmental toxicity on health is startling; environmental exposure to toxic substances is suggested to cost billions in annual health dollars. Diseases that are linked directly to environmental exposure include many types of cancers and those syndromes characterised by fatigue, muscle weakness, and  cognitive dysfunction. Environmental toxicity, however, can lead to a myriad of other conditions. Toxicants in the environment include a wide range of compounds, such as heavy metals, organic pesticides, drugs, and industrial compounds, and our bodies must be able to manage and excrete this wide range of potentially damaging substances. One of the most important biochemical processes attending to toxicant removal in our bodies is the bio - transformation process also called the detoxification system which involves the Phase I cytochrome P450 and Phase II conjugation enzymes. This detoxification system is highly dependent on nutrient support for optimal functioning. It may come as no surprise, then, that nutrients shown to support the biotransformation process have also been shown to ameliorate symptoms or slow the progression of many of the diseases and conditions associ ated with toxicant exposure.

 

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