As baby boomers ourselves, my husband and I are trying to do the best we can to delay or prevent conditions that are associated with aging and degenerative diseases. As a registered nurse I am in daily contact with patients who are suffering from cancer, vision loss, auto-immune disorders and more. So I am constantly wondering if some of these conditions can be avoided or lessened by lifestyle choices, nutrition and/or supplements.
Antioxidants are chemicals that neutralize free radicals which damage our bodies and our tissues at the cellular level. Antioxidants protect us from exposure to toxins, poor food, stress and water and air contaminants.
All of these above factors contribute to the imbalance of free radicals in our body. It is this imbalance of excess free radicals that damages our bodies which leads to many of the diseases we are experiencing today. The goal of a healthy body is to achieve a balanced oxidative state. Oxidative stress is to the body as rust is to a car. Oxidative stress has been linked to the aging process. There is growing evidence that diets high in fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes help prevent this oxidative stress.
Natural Antioxidant Supplement
Real food is the best source of nutrients due to the many co-factors that can’t be included in a synthetic supplement. However, due to poor soil conditions, early harvesting, processing and storage, we can’t always get all of the antioxidant protection we need from food. Food today does not have the same nutrient value as food did 50 years ago. Hence the need to supplement. So, what should I look for in a antioxidant health supplement?
1) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification. Soon every company in the United States will be required to comply with these regulations that ensures product quality and value.
2. Whole food supplements offer other compounds or co-factors that help with the way the body absorbs and utilizes all the nutrients, including the antioxidant.
It may come as a surprise to you, as it did to me, that some supplements that include high doses of a single antioxidant or combined with a few others can be harmful or ineffective.The doses in many supplements are usually much higher that what is found in fruits and vegetables. A single antioxidant does not function independent of other nutrients. An isolated nutrient is missing other key nutrients that enhance the way the body will utilize it.
Best Antioxidant Supplement
The best antioxidant health supplement will include:
1) Whole foods rather than synthetic and/or single ingredients.
2) Food combinations that are synergistic, but not pro-oxidative.
3) Supplements that include lipid and water soluble antioxidants.
According to Lester Packer, PH.D. from Packer Lab at the University of California in Berkley and antioxidant researcher, everybody needs to supplement. He states he and his co-workers have all been taking antioxidant supplements for decades. “I personally have not experienced the mental slowdown that has become associated with midlife and beyond.”
Taking an antioxidant health supplement is worth considering.
If you’d like to know more about about a supplement that we take that meets these standards, closely resembles food, and was found to increase a blood serum marker of oxidative protection by 37.4% click on the link below: