The antioxidant capacity of saliva.

@article{Battino2002TheAC,
  title={The antioxidant capacity of saliva.},
  author={Maurizio Antonio Battino and Maria Soledad Ferreiro and I Crespo Gallardo and Hubert N. Newman and Pedro Bull{\'o}n},
  journal={Journal of clinical periodontology},
  year={2002},
  volume={29 3},
  pages={
          189-94
        }
}
BACKGROUND/AIMS Saliva, a heterogeneous fluid comprising proteins, glycoproteins, electrolytes, small organic molecules and compounds transported from the blood, constantly bathes the teeth and oral mucosa. It acts as a cleansing solution, an ion reservoir, a lubricant and a buffer. In addition to its other host-protective properties, saliva could constitute a first line of defence against free radical-mediated oxidative stress, since the process of mastication and digestion of ingested foods… 

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