Throughout life our bodies are constantly bombarded with contaminants and free radicals that damage the cells. Actually, the immune system creates free radicals to eliminate certain viruses and bacteria but without the proper amount of antioxidants, the free radicals cause damage to the surroundings. Around the age of 33 free radicals begin to outpace the body’s production of antioxidants. It is extremely important that adults consume the proper amounts of antioxidants because damage from free radicals can impair immunity, and alter the DNA codes resulting in disease and premature aging.
The following antioxidants are essential in fighting free radical damage:
Alpha lipoic acid
This antioxidant may help to slow or even reverse aging process by reducing oxidative damage and increasing metabolic activity. Alpha lipoic acid is shown to increase the potency of other antioxidants and boost the body’s supply of glutathione (an important detoxifying antioxidant).
Germanium is a potent antioxidant that increases oxygen in the tissue and helps detoxify the body.
Selenium helps to protect the body from heavy metal toxicity and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
This immune boosting antioxidant protects against cancer, heart disease, infections, high blood pressure, allergies, and arthritis. Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant to fight premature aging of the skin and repair damage skin cells. It has also been shown to be a safeguard against heavy metal toxins and pollutants.
Multiple studies suggest that vitamin E reduces the risk of heart attack, disables cellular and mental aging, and works as an anti-aging antioxidant with selenium. Vitamin E has also been shown to reduce infections in the elderly.
CoQ-10 provides benefits for gum disease, cardiovascular health, and breast/prostate health. The amount of CoQ-10 in the body declines as we age.
Carotenes help to protect against pollutants, allergies, and premature aging. Beta carotenes reduce the risk for prostate, cervical and pancreatic cancers.
Glutathione levels in the body begin to decline around the age of 60. It helps to neutralize drug/radiation toxicity and limits free radical formation.
This mineral antioxidant helps to regulate the amount of free radicals the body naturally produces.
Royal jelly, bee pollen, OPCs, and tocotrienols are other important antioxidants to consider. Most antioxidants can be obtained through proper dietary choices, but some may need supplementation. It may be worthwhile find a time release version of alpha lipoic acid because it generally stays in the bloodstream for 30 minutes.
Anyone who has a diet full of these antioxidants will have the ultimate anti-aging weapon.