They can’t really stand up but they are running around your body!
Cancer and other illnesses are proliferating in your body as you read this!
Those cancer producing creatures called free-radicals are over producing and roaming your body just waiting for the moment to make you ill.
Defense and defeat is the secret to preventing them from successful producing illness and disease!
Antioxidants defenders to the rescue, if you let them!
Antioxidants are necessary to neutralize harmful molecules in called free radicals. While free radicals play some essential roles in health producing energy and fighting infections. On the other hand over-population of them causes oxidation thereby damaging your body’s cells.
Over-population of free-radicals have been traced to the lack of minerals, vitamins, along with environmental poisoning – both internal and external – along with foods lacking the nutrients to keep us health.
Oxidation from too many free-radicals age cells and sets the stage for many illnesses, heart disease, viral invasions and various kinds of cancer.
There are many different types of free radicals, and no single antioxidant can neutralize all of them. Your best bet is to take a variety of antioxidants or to use a complete antioxidant formula. Whichever you choose.
Experts agree that the six of the known to be most effective antioxidants are;
1. ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID: This powerful antioxidant plays two important roles; It boosts your body’s production of glutathione an antioxidant and it helps your body recycle and reuse other antioxidants so they can keep fighting free radicals. The therapeutic dose for lipoic acid is 100 – 600 mg/day.
2. CAROTENOIDS: Beta-carotene is the best-known carotenoid, but lutein and lycopene are also key. Found in fruits and vegetables, they protect plants against free radical damage and do the same for your body when consumed. Take at least 10 to 500 mg of mixed carotenoids daily. Not only found in fruits and vegetables but also in greens, Brewer’s yeast and a minute amount in red meats.
3. COENZYME Q10: This free-radical fighter plays a crucial role in maintaining cell energy. It’s one of the most frequently prescribed heart “drugs” in Japan. Take 30 to 100 mg daily and should be taken with oil containing foods.
4. FLAVONOIDS: Fruits and vegetable are loaded with these plant pigments, such as quercetin and anthocyanidins, which help fight free-radical damage. Daily intake should be 250 to 2000 mg.
5. VITAMIN C: Contrary to recent news flashes this is still a most important vitamin. This antioxidant boosts your immunity. Most animals make their own vitamin C, but humans have lost their ability to do so. Take intake recommendation is 500 to 2,000 mg ~ NOTE: People who have hemachromatosis or a history of kidney stones should limit intake to 250 mg daily.
6. VITAMIN E: This may very well be the single most important vitamin you can take. Its role in preventing coronary heart disease has been studied for more than 50 years. Take 400 IU daily of the Natural form, d-alpha tocopherol. ~NOTE: If you are on blood thinners or aspirin daily, Vitamin E may intensify the blood-thinning effect of these drugs. Talk to your doctor about reducing your medication dosage to make it possible to take Vitamin E.
Maximize absorption in foods you eat: Take folic acid and B vitamins with food. Many people have a genetic defect that limits folic acid absorption otherwise.
Here’s some tips on supplement labels.
1. In natural brands, the most common additives that give a tablet its form, are cellulose and magnesium stearates, which appear to be safe.
2. Conventional brands, usually found in pharmacies and grocery stores, contain a variety of sweeteners & chemicals – making them difficult to impossible to be absorbed – and/or colors that are unnecessary and may cause allergic reactions. Among those additives are lactose, modified food starch, corn starch, polysorbate 80, sucrose, fructose, maltodextrin, polyethylene glycol, artificial colors, and edible ink.
3. Supplement bottles will usually give the percentage of or DV (daily value) of each nutrient your supplement contains. The DV (daily value) is a dosage guide considered more up-to-date but roughly still equivalent to the old RDA (Recommended dietary allowance). At the end of the list, you may find nutrients without an established DV. Don’t be put off by this -many important nutrients, such as carotenoids and flavonoids don’t have DVs.
4. Vegetarians should avoid capsules made of gelatin, an animal byproduct. Choose brands with cellulose instead.
Antioxidants – the illness defeater and health defender…