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The five most important things that prevent chronic diseases

Many people is afraid to become ill with a chronic disease. But how much they do to prevent them?
Many scientific research works have determined the five most important preventing actions that could in many cases prevent, while in other cases retard the development of chronic disease: Diet, Exercise, Smoking, Depression and Sleeping.

Olive oil for a better life

Everyone had read about how healthy the olive oil is. But, do you know why?

The importance of Zinc

Zinc is a mineral necessary for the normal functioning of the body. It is necessary for the activation of the immune system, for wound healing, for the development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence, and is necessary for the sense of taste and smell. The best source of zinc is oysters, followed by meat and chicken, grains, and some seafood. Vegetables are poor in zinc and may even decrease its absorption.

Omega-3 is required by the body to prevent disease

Omega-3 is a group of three unsaturated fatty acid that must be acquired from food. Omega-3 is present in many tissues in the human body, and its intake has been shown by many researchers to be essential in preventing many diseases like heart diseases, cancer and arthritis. Omega-3 deficiency can generate brain and nerve malfunctions or even damage, poor memory, fatigue, mood disorders, depression, heart problems and poor circulation.

The danger of tobacco smoking

Tobacco is the most widespread venom in the world. People around the world know about the danger of smoking, but most don't know what the direct effects of tobacco are. One of the most important dangers associated with tobacco smoking is the impregnation of the body cells with cadmium. Cadmium is used on long lasting and rechargeable batteries (Nickel-Cadmium). Smoking one pack of cigarettes introduce into the body 10 times the amount of cadmium the body is capable to manage.

Exercise and Antioxidants

Everybody has heard about the beneficial effects of exercise. All good physicians will recommend his patient to do some kind of sport or activity. However sport also has its obscure side. There is evidence that exercise induce the production of free-radicals. Free-radicals are substances than cause tissue damage and are responsible of disease.

On the other hand, research studies had shown that athletes produce high levels of antioxidants. People who make regular physical exercises have enhanced defense mechanism that prevents the damage of free-radicals induced by exercise.

Coenzyme Q (Ubiquinone)

Coenzyme Q (CoQ, Ubiquinone) is the responsible of the conversion of food into energy. It is widely present in the human body and is the responsible of the production of the 95% of all the body's required energy.

Coenzyme Q is present in a sub-cellular structure called mitochondria. Organs with high consumption of energy, like heart and liver, have the higher concentrations of CoQ.

The benefits of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is one of the most known antioxidants that have been studied by scientist. Vitamin E is a family of eight fat-soluble vitamins called Tocopherols and Tocotrienols. Alfa-tocopherol is the most common form of Vitamin E and is used in nutritional supplements broadly. Vitamin E is found in almonds, avocado, olives, many types of vegetable oils (canola, corn, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed), red palm oil, nuts, peanuts, and green vegetables.

Antioxidants prevent the development of diseases

Antioxidants are compounds that prevent the development of diseases. These compounds are widely used as ingredients in dietary supplements. Their role is to prevent the oxidative effects of other substances.

Many vitamins and other natural products have antioxidant properties. Among them, the most studied are Vitamin E and C, Glutathione, Carotenes and Ubiquinol (also known as Coenzyme Q).