To Be Healthy Take Antioxidants

To Be Healthy Take Antioxidants

It’s amazing how many mainstream scientists and medical professionals play down the importance of antioxidants. On the other hand, it’s equally amazing how many regard them as essential to stable health on many levels.

I was actually told by a mentor of mine (who was an expert in nutritional supplements) in the early 90’s that many MD’s, as a rule, will not recommend antioxidants to their patients but most of them take them personally.

The good thing is that the antioxidant climate has changed alot in 10 years.

What Are Antioxidants?

In layman’s terms, my understanding is that antioxidants are nutrients that actively neutralize and repair ‘free radicals’ in the body.

Free radicals are molecules damaged by the oxidation process in cellular metabolism, by environmental toxins, by stress, by poor diet and other issues. As I understand them, free radicals are unstable molecules that have a strong ionic potential – or electrical charge – on a cellular level.

I often refer to it as ‘internal rusting’. If you leave metal out in the rain, it rusts. Even without rain it will rust. This is a form of oxidation. Within the body, tissues and cells oxidize constantly. It’s part of the process of creating energy and general metabolism in the body.

Free radicals damage tissue and cells throughout the body by pulling off electrons from other moelcules. They have a sort of domino effect – or chain reaction – in the body. The more that are created, the greater the imbalance and the greater the tendency to create more free radicals.

Uncontrolled, this can lead to disease.

Antioxidants stop the ‘rusting’ – free radical chain reactions – by counteracting excessive oxidation and balancing the whole system.

Lots of cool things take place as a result.

Formal Definition of Antioxidants From Wikipedia and Reference.com:

An Antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions by being oxidized themselves.

In the mid 90’s, I started using an OPC product (a grape seed extract version as opposed to pine bark extract) and saw amazing results amongst the family, our friends and associates who also used the products on a regular basis.

That product was state of the art at the time.

Recent developments in micronutrient technology have accelerated rapidly. This has lead to unraveling many mysteries of enzymes, coenzymes and essential minerals at a much faster pace.

My initial exposure to antioxidants was via advice from an older friend of mine when I was working 10 hour days and simultaneously taking 18 hours of class at night during my last year of college in 1977. The surge is my energy level following the infusion of nutrients was significant. It was a real boost considering the work load at the time, and I was convinced they made a difference by my own personal results at age 24.

For many years thereafter, I consistently used Vitamin E, Vitamin C and a chelated calcium magnesium product – along with various protein products.

Had No Idea What Antioxidants Were

I had no idea that I was taking anti-oxidants at the time, I just knew how much better I felt after I took the products my friend recommended – daily – for about a month. I had no idea of the long term positive health implications.

But today, there is a growing body of evidence that antioxidants play an important role in strengthening the immune system, long range disease prevention, anti-aging and a longer healthier life.

With the exception of an abundance of clean healthy water, antioxidants may be the single most important nutritional necessity for long term disease prevention and a healthy lifestyle.

It’s clear that if you want to be healthy take antioxidants.

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