What are antioxidants?

Guest Article on the Importance of Antioxidants
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by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted

What are antioxidants and why do we need them?
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Antioxidants are a group of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that help to protect the body from the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that can cause damage to cells, impairing the immune system which can lead to infections and degenerative diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Free radical damage is thought by scientists to be the basis for the aging process as well.¹ Exposure to free radicals can happen through cigarette smoke, pesticides, alcohol, fried foods, overexposure to the sun’s rays, radiation, toxic chemicals in our environment, and even the metabolic process of breaking down stored fat molecules.

The body can naturally help keep free radicals in check through free radical scavengers brought on by antioxidants. However, it is difficult for the body to get enough antioxidants from the foods we eat to neutralize the constant exposure to the many free radicals being generated in our polluted environment and lifestyles.

What can we do?

Eat a diet rich in fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, cantaloupe, and mangoes are great sources of antioxidants.

Exercise regularly. However, intense exercise in untrained individuals overwhelms defenses, which can result in increased free radical damage. The weekend only exerciser should consider a more balanced approach to exercise.

Supplement with a nutritional formula which contains the most potent antioxidants known, such as six different types of vitamin C, A, D3, and E. Some important herbs to look for in an antioxidant formula include ginkgo biloba, white willow bark and bark extract.

Amino acids such as l-gluthathione and dl-phenylalanine help with assimilation and absorption of all the other ingredients.

According to recent studies, antioxidant vitamins in produce and other foods may actually represent a modern-day “fountain of youth.” Evidence suggests that vitamins C, E, and beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, may reduce the risk of some forms of cancer, heart disease, strokes, cataracts, as well as slow the aging process.

Source: ¹ Prescription for Nutritional Healing.

ps. Vaxa features an excellent antioxidant formula so please visit the website for more information on the importance of anti-oxidants in your diet and to read more about their formula, called Anti-Oxin

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