Antioxidants are anti aging. This means staying younger longer with better health.
The benefits of antioxidants from food, or a good quality natural antioxidant supplement, give you the anti aging protection against degenerative diseases and help slow down the aging process of your skin, cells, tissues and organs.
Antioxidants Health Benefits
Antioxidants are the naturally occurring nutrients found in certain fruits and vegetables. They've been proven to protect human cells from oxidative damage and provide:
Anti-aging of cells and overall body,
Greatly reduced incidence of all cancers,
Glaucoma and macular degeneration prevention,
Reduced risk of cholesterol-oxidation and heart disease
Stronger immunity and resistance to flues, viruses and infections.
The main anti aging oxidants found in food include vitamins A, C and E, the minerals selenium and zinc and all of the phytonutrient carotenoids.
How Anti Aging Antioxidants Work
Although breathing oxygen is essential to life, oxygen can also be your worst enemy. It starts a process in your body called oxidation, which is the formation of free radicals.
The oxidation of metal is a good example. Iron gets old and rusty, aluminum is bleached an ugly white and copper turns an "aged" green. Something similar happens when your body is exposed to air, light and poor nutrition.
Free radical oxidation damage is the primary cause of aging (rust and corrosion). It's as harmful and destructive to your body and brain as corrosion is to your car.
Just think of antioxidants as human Rust-Oleum.
Anti Aging Antioxidant Sources
Antioxidants keep free radicals from ravaging your body and stealing the life from your cells. The carotenoid phytonutrients actually sacrifice themselves for your well being.
The more phytonutrients in your bloodstream, the healthier you'll be.
Since they're so important to health, the Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University measured the total phytonutrient protection power of various foods. Colorful carotenoid rich vegetables and fruit came out at the top of the list.
The highest-ranking vegetables are broccoli, spinach, greens, Brussels sprouts, beets, red peppers, carrots and tomatoes. And the best ranking fruits are berries, oranges, pink grapefruit, apricots, plums, peaches, red grapes and papaya.
But Here's the Antioxidant Problem
Hardly anyone gets enough fruits and vegetables these days.
The most "popular" are bananas, iceberg lettuce and French-fried potatoes. But, since they contain very few carotenoids, none of these are on Tufts phytonutrient list.
Also the most commonly used ingredients in the most aggressively marketed, phytonutrient supplements are pine bark (pycnogenol), sea algae, milk thistle, gingo biloba, quercetin, grape seed extract and alpha lipoic acid.
And none of these hype-marketed ingredients are found on the list of recommended foods from the Human Nutrition Research Center, Tufts or the USDA.
Finding Good Antioxidant Supplements
When looking for a natural antioxidant supplement, always ask a simple question, Can I find these ingredients at a salad bar or fruit and vegetable stand?
If your answer is no then keep on looking for something that comes from the human food chain and has been proven safe and effective.
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