Antioxidants Greatly Reduce Trauma Damage
Posted Friday, October 17, 2008

High-dose antioxidants have been found to help prevent post-operative trauma according to a study presented at the Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The study found that high-dose antioxidant protocols including vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium reduced pulmonary, abdominal, and infectious complications. The preventive capability of antioxidants may well greatly reduce the number reconstructive surgeries.

Research by Dr. Bryan Cotton, assistant professor of surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has shown that such high-dose antioxidant treatments had an 28% reduction in mortality in acutely injured patients. Incredible. Additionally, other trauma patients' stays in intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital in general were significantly reduced.

When we have aninjury or infection, the body undergoes physical stress. As a result, injured oxygen molecules, free radicals, are released. Free radicals then being to damage other cells, butantioxidants can counter this effect by reducing the stressors which cause the release of free radicals.

“Antioxidant therapy is so simple and that’s what throws people off,” Dr. Cotton said. It does sound a little too simple on the surface, but that has certainly not stopped the growing body of evidence behind antioxidant treatments. “While we are all looking for that magic bullet to cure some of the horrible things that can happen after someone is injured or has an operation, we have something at our disposal,” Dr. Cotton said. “It might not be that magic bullet, but it is a very inexpensive and safe way to reduce complications and mortality in the sickest patients.”

MedPage Today: ACS: High-Dose Antioxidants Improve Trauma Outcomes
Newswise Medical News: Surgeons Discover that Vitamin C and Other Antioxidants Reduce Infections, Pulmonary Failure, and Abdominal Wall Complications in Trauma Patients


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