Take Antioxidant Supplements to Reduce Free Radical Exposure!
Antioxidant supplements are key to fighting the aging process. Rarely do the foods you consume provide enough protection to destroy the variety of toxins you are exposed to each and every day.
They are weapons you must have to fight off illness and disease that are so prevalent in our society today. For many years, the benefits of antioxidants were not disclosed to Americans by their doctors. After all, the medical community relies on patients being sick for treatment.
A 1995 poll found that more than 60 percent of doctors took nutritional supplements regularly, even though they didn't recommend them to their patients! I remember this well because when I found out, it angered me to the Nth degree! But the secret's out now and there is no looking back.
Antioxidant supplements are a billion dollar industry today. The information you get for their use however, is lacking. According to the FDA, RDA guidelines for vitamins, you only need a small amount (multivitamin) of antioxidants a day; that is, to sustain life.
But what if you want to do more than just sustain life? What if you want to reverse aging, reduce illness, and be healthier longer?
The only way to prolong longevity is to take extra vitamin supplements. You need so much more than is provided by a regular multivitamin. They just don't have the amount of 'oomph' that's needed to fight against the amount of toxins you come in contact with daily.
The Benefits of Antioxidant Supplements
The main reason you need antioxidants is because of the foods you eat
and the lifestyle that you've adapted. Many foods today are not the same quality of foods that they were in past years.
Over-farmed fields are now devoid of many of the natural nutrients that used to be plentiful in our soils. Besides being devoid of vital nutrients, vegetables and fruits are sprayed regularly with pesticides and insecticides that are toxic to your body. UK government data shows that over 90 percent of fresh salmon, more than a third of fruit and vegetables, and 40 percent of cereal products, contain pesticide residues. To ensure you get more protection, you need to supplement them with extra vitamins that you can no longer get from food sources.
Toxins are a big problem for your body if you don’t take regular vitamin supplements. Toxins come from a variety of sources in your environment and your body constantly needs to defend itself against them.
Pollution is also a major contributor to the toxins in the air that you breathe. Industrial pollutants cause poor air quality in big cities and industrial zones, which we know as smog. Over 170 million people currently live in counties where air quality standards are not met, facing increased risks of heart and lung disease and premature mortality. Most of the 20 million people suffering from asthma also live in areas with poor air quality.
In your home, furniture, TV sets, other electrical appliances, carpets and rugs often contain stain-repellent or fire-retardant chemicals. Many of the ones used as flame-retardants persist for a long time in the home environment and can accumulate in your body. Research has shown that they can potentially disrupt hormones over time.
Excessive smoking, drinking, OTC's, prescription, and illegal drugs, food additives and colorants, all create toxic deposits in the body cells, as does undigested organic matter. In the long run, these deposits can cause serious health problems.
All of these added pollutants stress your need to have extra defenses in place. In order to get rid of and eliminate toxic substances, you need to guard your body with the regular consumption of antioxidant supplements.
Antioxidant's and Free Radicals
Antioxidants are needed to eradicate free radicals that are caused by toxins, using a variety of tactics. When free radicals enter your body, they target specific cells to steal an electron from them.
Vitamin supplements run interference between the free radical and the cell material it has targeted to attack for an electron. Antioxidants give free radicals one of its own electrons, which spares your cells from getting damaged. Antioxidants that work this way are called free-radical scavengers. They work synergistically, creating positive reactions in your body by working together. Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, and Vitamin E all work as scavengers.
Mineral antioxidants use another tactic to eliminate free radicals. Certain minerals are attached to cell proteins called enzymes, which take out the free radicals through chemical reactions. Selenium works with an enzyme called glutathoine peroxidase
, while zinc works with superoxide dismulase, or SOD. A protein in the blood called ceruloplasmin, which contains copper, may also act as an antioxidant. Each of these enzymes has a particular free radical it keeps under surveillance.
The various antioxidant supplements cooperate with one another to achieve their goal of protecting against free-radical damage. They require a team effort because antioxidants exist in different places in the cells and each one attacks different free radicals.
Vitamin E protects the fat in the cell membranes, while Vitamin C protects mostly proteins. Beta-Carotene is the most powerful defense we have against free radicals formed by UV light. Selenium enzymes protect a cell’s machinery that generates energy. Zinc enzymes halt free radicals that might have been missed by other antioxidants.
Vitamin C also helps put Vitamin E back in action by giving it another electron when Vitamin E loses its electron to a free radical. Likewise, vitamin E steps in to help out if selenium supplies are not sufficient. Taking adequate selenium frees vitamin E to be more effective in its other duties.
For many years, I've been preaching about the need for extra vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Now, more than ever you need antioxidant supplements
to guard against the world that you live in today.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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