What is an Antioxidant?

Antioxidants have “extra” electrons that they can give it to the free radicals to neutralize its effects on our body. Your body needs to have enough to neutralize the number of free radicals produced, that way we can avoid long term problems created by the free radicals. The body is capable of producing some of its own antioxidants, the rest can be obtained from certain foods to either prevent or reduce the damage caused by oxidation. The main antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E, and the minerals copper, zinc and selenium. Eventhough each of these nutrient has its own health benefit, it works well when it all combined.However, today we can get optimal levels of antioxidants by supplementing a healthy diet. Remember the aim is to provide balance

Number of Freeradicals = Number of Antioxidants.

Sources of antioxidants

Good sources of antioxidants include:

The Medical Evidence that Demands a Verdict – Should You be taking Nutritional Supplements?

You will hear the argument that we need to supplement our diet because of the depleted nutrients in our food today. This is true; however, it is not the main reason to supplement your diet. The main reason is because of the tremendous number of free radicals we produce. Our stressful lifestyles, polluted environment, and over-medicated society causes this generation to handle more free radicals than any previous generation. Remember, it is about balance. You need enough antioxidants available to manage the number of free radicals you produce.

The medical literature now shows us that the optimal level of the antioxidants and their supporting nutrients needed to prevent or decrease the risk of chronic degenerative diseases is much greater than the amount we can obtain from our depleted food supply. Our best option to prevent or slow down this process of oxidative stress is to take high-quality, complete and balanced nutritional supplements the rest of our lives.

Dr Ray Strand
Nutritional Specialist


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