Antioxidant




You might have heard that word many times. Antioxidant. In commercial breaks, antioxidant was told to have so many benefits in fighting free radical. Too many food supplements in the market make us confused how to make a choice.

Antioxidant is…



Antioxidant is a body immune system to defense body cells from damage caused by free radical.

Free radical itself is a side product from normal oxidation process in cells.
There are two source of antioxidant, from our body and from our food intake. Balance is the key. Whenever the free radical and antioxidant inside the body is equal, free radical will not be dangerous. But if the free radical is more than the natural antioxidant, it’s time to take antioxidant from outside the body.


Causes of Increased Free Radical Production



To an extent, free radicals are a natural result of body processes. Especially in today's world, however, the production of free radicals is likely to be accelerated by many outside influences:
Pollution, Pesticides, Radiation, Solvents.
Air conditioners, Aerosol sprays, Drycleaners.
Car exhaust fumes.
Physical or emotional stress or trauma.
Cigarette smoke, Excessive alcohol intake.
Illness, Infection.
Faulty protein digestion.
Spoiled or tainted foods, Rancid, heated and hydrogenated fats.
Chemicals in food.
Ozone, Ultra-violet rays.

Health benefits



Taking an antioxidant supplement can protect the body against the effects of free radicals which increase as a result of oxidative stress in the body and fewer antioxidant defenses due to poor diet. Free radicals also speed up the ageing process, so slowing this process is another of the many benefits of antioxidants. Including an antioxidant supplement in your diet can provide protection against cancer, heart disease, immune dysfunction, eye problems and Alzheimer’s disease. It does this by reducing the amount of oxidation in the body which can cause mutations in the cells and even destroy them altogether.Antioxidants also help physical injuries to heal faster.

Antioxidant:



Enzymes:
Superoxide dismutase (SOD), Glutathione peroxidase, Catalase.

Vitamins:
Vitamins A, C, and E.

Minerals:
Zinc, Selenium.

Amino Acids:
Arginine, Cysteine, Glutamine, Taurine.

Carotenoids :
Astaxanthin, Lycopene.

Bioflavonoids :
Rutin, Hesperidin, Quercetin, Anthocynosides, Catechins.

Herbs:
Bilberry, Echinacea, Evening Primrose, Garlic, Ginger, Ginkgo Biloba, Hawthorn Berry, Milk Thistle, Rosemary, Wild Cabbage.

Health foods:
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea, Pollen, Propolis, Pine Bark Extract.

Fresh Berry Fruits contain bioflavonoids, especially the dark berries such as noni, goji berries, blueberries, blackberries and pomegranate.


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