Some people value their antioxidant levels as greatly as they do their blood pressure and cholesterol levels. And rightfully so! Antioxidants play a major part in overall wellness and longevity. If you were told you have a tool at your fingertips that could possibly prevent horrific diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes, would you use it?
Well, you do. They are called antioxidants. They block the activity of damaging chemicals known as free radicals and protect our DNA.
Yes, the body provides its own source of antioxidants, but it relies heavily on external sources called dietary antioxidants to fight its internal war. Especially against all the toxins our body is exposed to daily such as air pollution, pesticides, additives and harmful preservatives found in our food, flame resistant chemicals found on clothing and furniture, and many more.
Dietary antioxidants are primarily found in our diets and nutraceutical supplements and they should be implemented into our daily lives indefinitely.
There is an abundance of reasons why you should be taking antioxidants. Here are our top 5:
Every antioxidant you come across is anti-aging. With the increase in consumption of antioxidants in your food and through nutraceuticals, you are contributing to your own longevity and wellness. This alone is one of the greatest traits antioxidants can claim.
Vitamins E and C have been shown to delay the aging process by reversing memory loss. In the study conducted and published in the “Age” Journal, blueberry-rich diets were shown to enhance brain cells.
Vitamins A, C, E, Polyphenols, and selenium help build and strengthen the immune system by neutralizing the harmful elements that develop or enter into our system. With this neutralization process, people have been able to prevent cancer and manage HIV.
Vitamin C has also been known to activate a certain enzyme that has been found to help in preventing breast cancer.
Astaxanthin and Spirulina supplements have been to be two of the top immune building nutraceuticals available, and are both powerful warriors against singlet oxygen. Singlet oxygen has the power to initiate free radical growth, we want this process disabled completely.
Astaxanthin has been proven to be ten times stronger than any other carotenoid (your red, orange and yellow fruits and veggies) and 500 times stronger than Vitamin E in fighting singlet oxygen. Astaxanthin and Spirulina are both known for enhancing immunity, protecting cell membranes, and safeguarding DNA from mutation.
Free radicals cannot be ignored or avoided, they are literally everywhere we turn. There is no solid evidence that they do indeed cause brain inflammation, and that this is the root cause of depression and other neurological disorders that inhibit the normal functioning in our daily lives.
Free radical damage has been linked to conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, memory loss, clouded thinking, even more serious ailments such as stroke and Alzheimer’s.
However, the good news is that antioxidants can actually bind to free radicals and neutralize them, making them harmless. Diets rich in antioxidants have become a major component in treatments for mood, memory and overall brain disorders. The more antioxidants you have in your system, the better.
The polyphenol antioxidants found in many coffee and tea drinks and nutraceuticals have been proven to prevent the oxidation of fats. Within the body, this chemical reaction then leads to widespread inflammation.
Yes, inflammation plays a vital role in the function of the immune system, but it is also the root cause of most chronic illnesses when it spirals out of control. The antioxidants found in turmeric have been shown to be one of the most powerful methods of controlling inflammation, even more so than anti-inflammatory prescription drugs.
The true secret to beautiful skin begins internally, with the foods that you eat. You know what can give you the extra protection your skin needs? That’s right. Antioxidants. With the skin being the largest organ in the body, you can imagine how many damaging toxins and pollutants it is exposed to.
It needs protection internally and externally. Antioxidants can protect the skin from damage by limiting the number of free radicals that are produced.
Astaxanthin, beta-carotene and Vitamin E have proven to be three of the most powerful antioxidants for protecting the appearance of the skin, reducing its signs of aging such as wrinkles and age spots, and fighting against skin cancers.
Remember, everything you put in your mouth could harm or hurt you. Be smart about what you are eating. Use supplements, and give your body what it needs to perform optimally.