Toronto, ON (PRWEB) October 10, 2012
Bel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, supports a recent study that says the use of carbon monoxide has shown promising results in preventing further damage to the liver in mouse models.
According to a recent medical report published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, the use of carbon monoxide has shown promising results in preventing further damage to the liver. In addition, the use of the carbon monoxide may also reverse the extent of damage observed in this organ. Using mice as animal models for this disease scenario, the investigators of the study introduced d-galactosamine and lipopolysaccharide to induce damage to the liver, similar to that observed in humans with liver disease.
The researchers then injected 15 ml/kg of carbon monoxide into the abdomen of the mice, with a second dose of 8 ml/kg administered 6 hours later. The amount of carbon monoxide introduced into the mice resulted in an increase in the carboxyhemoglobin levels in the blood. A control group of mice that did not receive any carbon monoxide injections to the abdomen were also included in the study.
After the appropriate treatment time, the mice were then sacrificed and the liver was then analyzed for changes in cellular and tissue structure. CEO of Bel Marra Health Jim Chiang says, “The features of these organs were compared to that of the control group and any differences were assumed to be attributable to the carbon monoxide injections.”
The results of the study showed that the mice that received carbon monoxide injections showed less cellular damage to the organ, whereas the mice without carbon monoxide injections presented with extreme organ damage. Interestingly, the survival rate of the carbon monoxide-treated mice was longer than the untreated mice. Biochemical analysis also showed that the enzyme levels of the treated mice were higher than those observed in the control mice, suggesting that the presence of carbon monoxide triggered the production of enzymes that may help combat organ damage.
The proponents of the study explained that carbon monoxide helps the body in generating a response against inflammation and the presence of free radicals that are produced during cellular damage. The investigators are theorized that carbon monoxide has a protective effect on cells, allowing these to prevent cell death, which is technically known as apoptosis.
This recent medical report presents promising results that may potentially serve as a treatment of cellular damage to specific organs of the body. Although the treatment approach may seem bizarre, future studies may find ways in introducing carbon monoxide using a less invasive approach. Since carbon monoxide is considered as a natural gas, it may be possible to administer this reagent through inhalation, instead of injecting it into the abdomen.
Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health Dr. Victor Marchione adds, “However, there need to be further examination of the safety and ethical issues that may be associated with its use on human subjects. For the meantime, it will always be helpful to regulate the amount of alcohol consumption in the list of general health tips to attain a fully functioning body.”
(SOURCE: “National Institutes of Health”, Low dose of carbon monoxide intraperitoneal injection provides potent protection against GalN/LPS-induced acute liver injury in mice, Sept 27, 2012)
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