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Millions of processes are occurring within the human body at all times. These processes derive their energy from the nutrients in the food you eat and oxygen you breathe from the air. Our body utilizes oxygen to help its immune system combat diseases as well.
By consuming oxygen from the air, these processes and the fight against the diseases in the body create side effects called oxidants. These oxidants are commonly known as “free radicals”. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules in the body. These free radicals are also created from the exposure to UV light from the sun, by the radiation, pollution, the food we eat, stress, cigarette smoke, alcohol, etc. These free radicals react with body tissues and damage healthy cells — DNA, or the cell membrane — by breaking them down. This break down speeds up aging process and causes a variety of life threatening and life long diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s diseases and arthritis.
Antioxidants are molecules that fight oxidants to reduce the damage caused by the oxidants by binding together with these harmful free radicals, reducing their destructive power. Antioxidants can also help repair damage already sustained by cells.
Sometimes the body’s immune system’s cells purposefully create free radicals to neutralize viruses and bacteria. While our bodies produce various antioxidant enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase, and catalase that destroy many types of harmful free radicals, natural antioxidants are most abundant in phytonutrients, that is, fruits and vegetables, as well as in other foods including grains, nuts, and some red meats, poultry and fish. In fact, according to the study at the Human Research Center at Tuft University, colorful vegetables and fruits offer the highest protection power against free radicals. These vegetables and fruits include beets, spinach, broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts, red peppers, tomatoes and carrots, red grapes, papaya, berries, apricots, oranges, pink grapefruit, plums and peaches. Taking multiple dietary antioxidant supplements at a time can be more effective toxin combatants rather than a single antioxidant at a time.
In addition to enzymes, herbs, such as ginkgo, turmeric, bilberry, pine bark extracts, cascara sagrada, milk thistle, aloe vera, grape seed and many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, vitamin B2, coenzyme Q10, and cysteine (an amino acid) act as powerful antioxidant protectors against free radicals.
By virtue of their characteristics of fighting oxidants, antioxidants are also anti-aging. That means antioxidants help you stay younger longer and with better health.
DrugNatural™ is dedicated to providing you with natural health alternatives that promote resilience and long life. We feature a variety of well-balanced Antioxidant Dietary Supplements. Some essential ingredients you can find in our supplements include vitamins E and C, carotenoids, lysine, alpha-lipoic acid, biotin and coenzyme Q10. Feel free to contact us today at 408-626-7640 .