Antioxidants guard against the free radical theory of aging.
There are enough published scientific research studies to act on taking antioxidant supplements and other critical nutrients, as added insurance against the ill effects of aging.
Highlights of Antioxidant Supplements:
- Antioxidants help to halt the oxidative damage degenerative process.
- Take a variety of antioxidant supplements, at low to moderate dosages, rather than mega-dosages of only one or two antioxidants.
- The Primary OBJECTIVE of taking a variety of the right antioxidant supplements
is NOT to create an antioxidant defense system; but rather to boost your
body's enzymatic antioxidant defense system (which consists of glutathione
reductase/peroxidase and other important antioxidant enzymes like superoxide
dismutase and catalase).,,
- Non-enzymatic antioxidant defense mechanisms, such as vitamins C and E, work by interrupting chain reactions that would otherwise result in oxidation of cells caused by release of substances, from cell membranes. So instead of a process that might involve a hundred molecules, if you have vitamin E around it might stop after only five reactions.
- In contrast, enzymatic antioxidant defense mechanisms works by removing
free radicals because its has picked up an additional electron.
- In other words, your body's enzymatic antioxidant defense system is much more effective than antioxidant supplements.
- Boosting your body's enzymatic antioxidant defense system is done with
a three prong approach.
- Take the antioxidant supplements listed below.
- Take the mineral supplements listed below.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables .
- The Secondary OBJECTIVEs of taking a variety of the right antioxidants
- recycle each antioxidant taken; and
- AVOID the pro-oxidation effects of single supplements.
- It is very important to be taking antioxidant supplements, if you are older than 45, in order to halt the Oxidative Damage Degenerative Process.
"Overall, the present data suggest that protection against oxidative damage and related disease is best served by the variety of antioxidant substances found in fruit and vegetables." From the Natural Health Perspective a variety of antioxidant supplements at low to moderate dosages are more effective than mega-dosages of one or two antioxidants, when taken in addition to a good diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables. There are synergistic interactions among the various antioxidants of your body's antioxidant defense system. "Thus, the combination of a healthy diet supplemented with antioxidants and phytonutrients may be useful in the prevention and promotion of optimum cardiovascular health."
Free Radicals & Antioxidant Supplements
Good health is all about balance in your life. The level that you should be at depends on how the other areas in your life are going. Beginners to my wellness program should take antioxidants at the Beginner Level. No one really needs to start the Intermediate Level until they reach the age of 45. But, if your diet is going great and you are regularly exercising you can seriously consider taking antioxidants at the Advanced Level.
The body's principal antioxidants are vitamins E (fat soluble) and C (water soluble). Vitamin E is also important for the detoxication processes in the liver and for the immune defense. They recycle each other. Selenium works synergistically with vitamin E. "Selenium is [also] necessary for the synthesis of glutathione peroxidase."
The greatest boost to your antioxidant program will come from adding Alpha Lipoic Acid (water & fat soluble). It can significantly regenerate through redox cycling other antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E, and raise intracellular Glutathione levels., Zinc, copper and selenium are part of antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase., The most abundant antioxidant found in your body, Glutathione (water soluble) plays an important role in cellular protection from oxidative damage of lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Glutathione is also present in high concentrations in most living cells and has been long associated with the process of detoxication, both at the cellular level and in the liver.,
Coenzyme Q-10 (fat soluble) recycles vitamin E, as well as strengthens your heart., It can also prevent any pro-oxidant activity of Vitamin E., The combination of Flavonoids and Vitamin C boosts the effectiveness of both., The flavonoids, also, conserve the alpha-tocopherol content of LDL and delay the onset of lipid peroxidation.
for U.S.A. based shoppers
The best way to promote optimum levels of glutathione is to eat a good healthy diet. "Fruits and vegetables were found to contribute over 50% of usual dietary glutathione intake, whereas meats contributed less than 25%." Nevertheless, Glutamine is a direct precursor to glutathione and is the rate-limiting nutrient for glutathione formation.,
Methylcobalamin is a special form of Vitamin B-12 that strengthens the central nervous system. It has been reported to protect the brain against any possible glutamate neurotransmitter overloads.
Glutathione is easily broken down by digestive enzymes
and is also NOT well absorbed when taken orally.
Beta-Carotene supplements have been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer. The Carotene antioxidants should be supplemented through your diet.
Please read our Nutritional Supplements Disclaimer.
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