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Suffered from hemolysis previously. Eating everything except Fava beans. Continue?

I am 70 years old. About 10 to 15 years ago,I suffered hemolysis . I went 2 days later to the hospital( emergency section) because I got dizzy when I came off my bed and couldn t make it to the toilet. The doctors found out the next day that I have a G6pd deficiency and told me that if I had delayed 1 day my arrival to the hospital, it would have been too late. The day I had the hemolysis, I had eaten in the morning just a few fave beans. I told the doctor that I never had hemolysis before. I have been eating fave beans in big quantities all my life and never had a problem, so why now I have? He answered that things like that can happen any time or not happen at all. So don t ever eat fave beans again.....and a series of medicines .... From that day on I never had any problem. I ve been eating every thing what so ever exept fave beans. Now that I google through the Internet, I became afraid to eat anything and confused from the contradictions I notice about what to eat or what to avoid eating. P I will appreciate your advice. I am lost and don t know what to eat anymore. My wife tells me that for the last 10 - 15 years I ve been eating every thing except fave beans and nothing happened, so continue the same thing. Thank you in advance Tony.
Asked On : Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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Lets first began with understanding of HEMOLYSIS due to the "G6PD-Enzyme deficiency"- in a simple terms.

The red blood cell in blood carry oxygen, now oxygen has certain free radical as well as superoxides which are present in the air as well as are formed in body due to various chemical reaction, not the RED BLOOD CELL is equipped with special chemical formation capabilities which uses "G6PD" convert the toxic free radical / superoxides into non toxic oxygen hence, protection the damage to the cell.
The free radical are those which makes our skin wrinkle as we age and the exposure to such atmospheric and food free radical makes us look old, in case of the RED BLOOD cells they rupture them if their is G6PD deficiency cause the detoxification chemical is not formed due to absence of " G6PD Enzyme" and the rupture on these cell in known as hemolysis (hemo=blood , lysis=destruction)

NOW I think it will make more sense to talk about the OXIDATIVE STRESS/ OXIDATIVE FOOD

FAVA BEANS has a largest amount of oxidation content hence eating it will release huge amount of oxidization molecules making it harder for RBC with our G6PD to form the required neutralization/detoxification chemical and forces RBC TO rupture.

*** following is the list of things having high oxidative power and needs to be avoided.
1) Too much animal protein in your diet.
2) Oils that have been heated to very high temperatures.
3) Preservatives in your food.
4) Drugs (over the counter and prescription as far as possible avoid it e.g. pain killer)
5) Alcohol.
6) Chlorinated water that you drink, shower in or swim in
7) Artificial food colorings and flavorings
8) Smoking / passive inhale of cigarette smoke.

Follow are the list of antioxidant that will help to protect the oxidative crises
1) Fresh Fruits and vegetables ,eggs ( contains vitamin -C & Carotenoids )
2) Vegetable oils (contains Vitamin - E)
3) Tea, soy, fruit, olive oil, chocolate, cinnamon, oregano (contains flavonoids).

Hope it helps in making a decision, for your own shake, and "ANTIOXIDANTS" also fight agains "AGING"
Answered: Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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