Hepatitis A reduces body defenses against oxidative stress

Relationship between antioxidant capacity and oxidative stress in children with acute hepatitis A.

This study evaluated the relationship between blood levels of antioxidants (beta-carotene, retinol, vitamin E and vitamin C) and hepatitis A in children. Data from 19 hepatitis A patients and 29 healthy children were analyzed. The results showed that hepatitis A patients had significantly reduced blood levels of antioxidants, which are related to oxidative stress, i.e. the imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract their harmful effects. Based on this finding, the researchers concluded that improving antioxidant defenses could be an important factor in treating hepatitis A. More details can be found in the study.
Cemek M, Dede S, Bayiroglu F, Caksen H, Cemek F, Mert N. Relationship between antioxidant capacity and oxidative stress in children with acute hepatitis A. World J Gastroenterol. 2006 Oct 14;12(38):6212-5.



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