Antioxidants – Are You Getting Enough?

October 30, 2017 | Wellness Resources

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Antioxidants – Are You Getting Enough?
The word antioxidant gets thrown around a lot in the health and nutrition world. You might already know antioxidants are good for you and that you can get them from blueberries and green tea, but what is it that they actually do for us?

Antioxidants help to deactivate free-radicals, compounds that cause inflammation and speed aging in our bodies. You most likely have already have seen what free radicals can do. When iron is exposed to moisture, it rusts. When a sliced apple has been sitting out in the air, it browns. This is oxidative stress occurring. As the name suggests, anti-oxidants offset this reaction by deactivating free radicals. If we consume enough antioxidants we can prevent this reaction from getting out of control in our bodies.

Oxidative stress is somewhat unavoidable and is happening in our bodies right now. The very air we breathe is composed of free radicals. Toxins, stress, pollution, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, radiation, over exercising, hypothyroidism, obesity are examples of things that increase free radicals and oxidative stress in the body. All of these things contribute to faster aging and deteriorating health.

Our bodies can handle these stressors as long as we have enough antioxidants. However, the more free radicals we are exposed to, the faster your body “rusts” due to oxidative stress. Plus, you will use up precious antioxidants faster and need to replenish them. When your body starts to run low on antioxidant stores, you may notice fatigue, poor memory, depressed immunityskin or hair changes, depression or anxietyimpaired would healing, eyesight changes, or deteriorating health.

How to Get More Antioxidants

We can’t avoid free radicals altogether, but we can reduce oxidative stress and the damage that it causes as much as possible by ensuring we get enough antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables contain a variety of antioxidants that quench free radicals, support the immune system, reduce disease-causing inflammation and protect the body in general.

There are many different kinds of free radicals that require different kinds of antioxidants to keep them in check. We need a wide variety of antioxidants to work together, not just one. Some of the best antioxidants that are especially beneficial to take in supplemental form include: grape seed extract (OPC’s), curcumin, green tea extract (EGCG), vitamin C, resveratrol, quercetin, coenzyme Q10, vitamin E (tocotrienols), astaxanthin, beta carotene, lutein, and PQQ. The master antioxidant is known as glutathioneN-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is needed to make glutathione. Many different antioxidants work synergistically with glutathione to protect the body and enhance detoxification.

Supplemental fruit and vegetable extracts are often a good idea because they are they are free of plant fibers and other compounds (lectins, tannins, phytates, oxalates, etc.) that can interfere with absorption of nutrients. Wellness Resources Daily Protector is a combination of the finest fruit and vegetable extracts in the world, along with other cofactor nutrients that facilitate antioxidant function. It supports healthy immunity, skin, and more. It includes key antioxidants that support optimal eye health, like lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthin.*

If you’re not getting the recommended ten servings of fruits and vegetables a day or choosing a whole rainbow of colors, don’t just supplement with one antioxidant. Supplement with a wide variety of essential antioxidants to improve immunity, reduce inflammation, and protect your health.

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