alexa Antioxidant therapy for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease: Does it work?


Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences

Author(s): Moura FA, de Andrade KQ, dos Santos JC, Arajo OR, Goulart MO

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Abstract Oxidative stress (OS) is considered as one of the etiologic factors involved in several signals and symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) that include diarrhea, toxic megacolon and abdominal pain. This systematic review discusses approaches, challenges and perspectives into the use of nontraditional antioxidant therapy on IBD, including natural and synthetic compounds in both human and animal models. One hundred and thirty four papers were identified, of which only four were evaluated in humans. Some of the challenges identified in this review can shed light on this fact: lack of standardization of OS biomarkers, absence of safety data and clinical trials for the chemicals and biological molecules, as well as the fact that most of the compounds were not repeatedly tested in several situations, including acute and chronic colitis. This review hopes to stimulate researchers to become more involved in this fruitful area, to warrant investigation of novel, alternative and efficacious antioxidant-based therapies. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Redox Biol and referenced in Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences

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