The fact is five diseases are fatal to humans, and the first one is a heart attack, the second is cancer, then stroke, lung disease and last but moving up fast in the list is diabetes. The fatal five-share two common elements, Free-radicals, and inflammation. Free-radicals are molecules or atoms that are missing an electron, the free-radicals attack any healthy cells they come in contact with and steal an electron, causing damage to the cell membrane. Inflammation is a process that is intended to help our body heal. Still, in the case of disease, free-radicals cause deformities or mutations in the cells, the inflammation can not repair the damage, so it begins to feed the now deformed or mutated cells. Let us take a closer look at all five of these fatal diseases.
Clots in the arteries cause 80% of all heart attacks and 83% of all strokes. The most common cause is a condition called Atherosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries.” This is where a build-up of plaque that has a hard surface inside your artery has cracked, and the platelets that are designed to clot to protect us from bleeding to death end up clotting over the crack and cause a complete blockage of blood flow. In the case of a heart attack, the blockage is near the heart, and in the case of stroke, the blockage cuts off the supply of blood to the brain. When it comes to heart disease, the free-radicals attack cholesterol cells in the blood supply deforming them, which in turn makes them sticky; now, you have bad LDL, which collects and sticks to the artery walls. Inflammation does not play a significant role in heart attacks and stroke, but scientists call chronic inflammation a silent killer in a vast majority of diseases and illnesses.
An estimated 570,280 people died due to cancer in the year 2005. The overall death rate is on the decline for some types of cancers, but there are others on the rise, such as esophageal, liver, and thyroid cancers. ALL cancers are caused by free-radicals damaging our DNA. DNA holds the blueprint for each cell that it creates. This blueprint is who you are; when the free-radicals attack the DNA, the blueprint becomes mutated, and when the new cell is produced with this original blueprint, you have a cancer cell. You do not have cancer until the inflammation process begins; inflammation is the body’s defense against illness or injury. Inflammation tries to destroy the cells that it does not recognize as being you, the inflammation loses this fight, yet our bodies keep sending more, causing chronic inflammation. At this point, the cancer cells start to feed on the inflammation cells, and cancer growth begins.
More than 35 million Americans have chronic lung diseases. Every year over 349,000 people die from lung disease – a death rate of 121.4 per 100,000. The lungs are far more complex than other organs in the body. The lungs have various minor rolls to play and three major ones; they are defenders of intruders, they remove waste and toxins from the blood, and their primary purpose is to supply oxygen to the blood. There are more than three dozen different types of cells inside the lungs, and they all have particular tasks to accomplish. Our lungs are constantly battling with the outside world with each breath we take. If the lung function is impaired in any way – you may have a potentially fatal lung disease. Lung diseases such as asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis (CF), pneumonia, sarcoidosis, and many more can be fatal. In the case of lung diseases, free-radicals come in from the outside world in all forms of pollution; this creates inflammation, which obstructs airflow.
Millions of Americans have type 2 diabetes; millions more have it and are not yet aware of it. Diabetes is the inability to use the sugar called glucose. Glucose is created when the body breaks down food for energy. The hormone insulin opens up the bodies’ cells to allow glucose to enter into the cell and be used as fuel. In diabetes, the cell never opens up, and the glucose flows through the bloodstream, causing high blood sugar levels. With diabetes, the body either does not make enough insulin or is resistant to its own natural insulin. High blood sugar can lead to severe complications like heart disease, kidney, and eye disease, and other problems like nerve damage and death. Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death in people with diabetes. Diabetes is the major cause of leg and foot amputations in Americans today. Infections are much harder to control in people with diabetes, and they are at higher risk of complications and death due to infection. The number one risk for type two diabetes is too much body fat! Diabetes is on the rise; Americans are eating poorly and are lacking physical activity. Free-radicals are very active in a person with diabetes, attacking several cells because diabetes causes an abnormal immune function. Free-radicals are the reason you see so many different complications or side illnesses in this disease. Chronic inflammation is also a significant player with this disease and in the side illnesses. All of the above diseases need medications to help regulate the condition, but you need to know this, medications cause free-radical damage, and this damage is called side effects. All medicines can cause side effects.
Let us take a look at free-radicals and inflammation and how they act.
If you have a room with ten 2-year-old children; they only have one toy in the room; can you imagine the mayhem; nine children trying to steal the toy from one child. Do you think that one child has a chance? This is what free-radicals do to a cell. Now you have the parents come into the room and try to comfort the children who are without toys. The children are crying and throwing fits and are impossible to calm down, and you’ll do anything, usually offer them cookies or some other sweet treat. This is only a momentary fix; you would have to keep feeding them to keep them calm. This is inflammation. But if you have ten more children enter the room, all with an extra toy to share with the others, it becomes peaceful, and everyone is happy. This is what anti-oxidants do.
You can take your health into your own hands and put a stop to the damage now. Anti-oxidants help the body fight against free-radicals, anti-oxidants are a molecule or atom with an extra electron. It gives this extra electron away, and in turn, the free-radical stops attacking healthy cells. Science has proven that ALL diseases and illnesses are caused by free-radical damage. There are risk factors for all conditions, but free-radicals are the source and cause of significant complications. Free-radicals can not be avoided; they are in air and water pollution, in the junk foods we eat, and are caused by traumas and injuries. Free-radicals are a part of life; they even affect the aging process itself.
Anti-oxidants are essential for health, and plants contain about 1,000 to 1,500 anti-oxidants. A diet of fruits and vegetables is necessary; supplements are vital. Vitamins and minerals contain high numbers of anti-oxidants. You need to do some research and try to find new supplements; they tend to lose their potency the longer they sit on the self. There are also supercharged, super powerful anti-oxidants in nature called Xanthones. Xanthones have the power to defeat a more significant number of free-radicals at one time, due to strong carbon bonds that make the molecule stable. Each Xanthone performs a specific biological function inside the body, unlike regular anti-oxidants.
Universities and scientists have been studying Xanthones for years, 200 have been identified in nature to date. The Aloe Vera plant contains one Xanthone. The Mangosteen Fruit contains 41 Xanthones. The Mangosteen fruit also contains 25,000 anti-oxidants. How can that help your health? The Mangosteen fruit has the highest number of anti-oxidants and Xanthones ever found in one source it also has been studied and papers published on (pub med at dot gov); you can type in Mangosteen and read the study findings, or you can call 1-888-374-4148 and listen to a recorded message about the powerful medicinal properties of Xanthones.
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