ANTIOXIDANTS HOUSEKEEPERS OF HEALTH article by Patti Kantor
There is a never-ending battle taking place within our bodies. It is between our cells and free radicals – unstable oxygen molecules linked to disease. Fortunately for us, nature has provided natural housekeepers of health, known as solpadol antioxidants. Antioxidants have earned their housekeeper reputation by ‘mopping up’ free radicals within the body before they get a chance to do harm.
Free radicals are the natural byproducts of many processes within and among cells. They are also created by exposure to environmental factors, like cigarette smoke and radiation. If left unchecked, these free radicals can cause damage to cell walls, certain cell structures, and genetic material within the cells. In the worst case scenario and over a long period of time, such damage can become irreversible and may cause heart damage, cancer, cataracts, and a weak immune system.
This is where antioxidants come in. Antioxidants work by attaching themselves to free radicals, transforming them into non-damaging compounds or repairing cellular damage. In terms of heart disease and stroke, it is possible that higher levels of antioxidants may slow or even prevent the development of arterial blockages, a complicated process involving the oxidation of cholesterol. Moreover, antioxidants may deter the collection of plaque on arterial walls.
ANTIOXIDANTS COME IN A VARIETY OF FORMS
Antioxidants are generally provided within a healthy diet. They are included in a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as in nuts, grains and some meats, poultry and fish. The highest concentrations of antioxidants are found in the most deeply or brightly colored fruits and vegetables, like spinach, carrots, red bell peppers and tomatoes.
Antioxidants come in a variety of forms including beta carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamins A, C, and E, burdock, garlic, and ginkgo biloba, just to cite a few. While many antioxidants can be obtained from food, it is difficult to get enough of them from these sources. Supplements are a much easier and more convenient way to be sure your system maintains adequate amounts of antioxidants. Many researchers, in fact, claim that elderly people, especially those who have reduced their food intake, frequent aspirin users, heavy drinkers, smokers, and people with impaired immune systems may benefit from taking antioxidant nutritional supplements daily.
Antioxidant supplements are also a good idea because antioxidants work synergistically. It is better to take smaller doses of several different antioxidants than a large amount of only one. There are many good combination formulas available that make it easy to take multiple oxidants every day.
Veriuni Advanced Antioxidant with Red Wine Extract I already take a daily multi-vitamin, why do I need to take an antioxidant?
The vitamins and minerals in our Advanced Antioxidant work together to block the chemical reactions that generate free radicals (compounds that harm the immune system and can damage DNA) and also help destroy them. Put simply, antioxidants help safeguard your immune system, retard the aging process, and protect your health. In addition, research has shown individual antioxidants support heart health and eye health – both important to older adults.
To boost your energy levels and healthy lifestyle, check out Veriuni’s Advanced Antioxidant with Red Wine Extract. One dose (two capsules) of the Veriuni antioxidant includes 500 mg of Vitamin C, 400 IU of Vitamin E, and 50 mg of red wine extract.