The consumption of alcohol results in the formation of two very toxic compounds, acetaldehyde and malondialdehyde. These compounds generate massive free-radical damage to cells throughout the body. The free-radical damage generated by these alcohol metabolites creates an effect in the body similar to that caused by radiation poisoning. That is the reason why people feel so sick the day after consuming too much alcohol. If the proper combination of antioxidants is taken at the time the alcohol is consumed or before the inebriated individual goes to bed, the hangover and much of the cellular damage caused by alcohol may be prevented.
Aging makes us increasingly vulnerable to alcohol-induced hangover, liver injury, and damage to the central nervous system. In the elderly, alcohol- and drug-induced injury is more common and more serious, and recovery is more difficult.
Nutrients that neutralize alcohol byproducts and protect cells against the damaging effects of alcohol include vitamin C, vitamin B1, the amino acids S-allyl-cysteine and glutathione, vitamin E, and selenium (Sprince et al. 1975; Hell et al. 1976; Loguercio et al. 1993; van Zandwijk 1995; Marotta et al. 2001).
Generation of free radicals is one result of ethanol consumption. As has already been discussed, supplementing with the right antioxidants while consuming ethanol significantly reduces consequences of these free radicals throughout the body. Ethanol also depresses an enzyme required to convert methionine into S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) (Mato et al. 1994), resulting in a deficiency of SAMe. Alcohol-induced depletion of SAMe can be overcome by SAMe supplementation which restores hepatic SAMe levels (Lieber 1997; 2000a; 2000b; 2000c).
Supplementation with 400-800 mg of SAMe twice a day will help support healthy liver function.
October 3-4, 2009
Yes, We Can . . . Think Outside the Box
A conference on science–based medicine Presented by the Robert Fishman Institute for Training & Research Nova Southeastern University, Health Professions Division 3200 S. University Dr., Davie, FL (Ft. Lauderdale area)
Topics Will Include:
- Evolution of bio-identical hormone therapy
- Stepping above the standard of care: By the book
- Genomics: A key to personalized and individualized medicine
- Endocrinology: The things we never learned in school about balancing our glands and hormones
- “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food”: Yes, clinical nutrition is science-based
- What’s best for your practice and your patient: The legal and political ramifications
- Neurotransmitters: The biochemistry and balancing of Your body’s messengers
Keynote Speaker - Eldred Taylor, M.D.
Dr. Eldred Taylor is a professional orator, educator and author. He is currently Medical Director of the Taylor Medical Group specializing in functional medicine for women and their families. He will be presenting “The Stress Connection” … Connecting the Link Between Stress, Hormone Disruption and Immune Suppression.
Speakers will include:
- Eldred Taylor, M.D.
- Joe Veltmann, Ph.D.
- Robert Fishman, P.D., R.p.h., CP.CN.
- Steven V. Joyal, M.D.
- Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., N.D.
- Tracy Hunter, Ph.D.
- Maria Mahmoodi, M.D.
- Scott Fogle, N.D.
- John Crisler, M.D.
To register, call 1-866-598-6752, Fax 1-800-528-8984
Or visit http://www.lef.org/outsidethebox