How to Choose a Good Antioxidant Formula
A couple of good tips in choosing a good antioxidant supplement are:
Always try and get an antioxidant formula that is strong enough to activate your system in the best possible way.
Another important point is to get an antioxidant formula that contains not just the standard antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, but also has added herbal extracts like Milk Thistle, Bilberry Extract, Resveratrol, Pomegranate Extract, or Green Tea Extract, to name but a few.
Other notable antioxidants would include Co Q10, Bromelain, Broccoli Sprout Extract and Citrus Bioflavonoids.
These all contribute to the body’s natural defence system that help protect us from the harmful ageing effects of free radical damage.
Dr Denham Harman (nominated 6 times for the Nobel Prize) whose ground-breaking discovery of the free radical theory of ageing back in the 1950’s took the scientific world by storm. Simply explained, the theory is that one of the by-products of oxygen (free radicals) can attack and damage the cells in our body and from this activate the conditions of aging.
You could liken free radicals to bugs that attack and damage our cells and help kick start the process of ageing and age related illnesses. Everything from asthma, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, right down to heart disease, and even cancers have been linked to free radical damage.
Dr Harman helped discover this but he also helped pioneer work on the body’s natural answer to this degenerative process. He researched on how the body naturally defends itself from this damage and in the process discovered the body’s natural defence system is fuelled by nutrients called antioxidants.
These wonder nutrients help curb the activity of the free radicals in the body, thus steering it more towards health and away from the ravages of ageing. He was particularly interested in the antioxidants vitamin E, Beta Carotene and vitamin C.
As newer health research pioneers have taken up the mantle and are continually bringing to light the new exciting findings on vitamins, minerals and in particular antioxidants. These research findings have uncovered a whole family of antioxidant nutrients and herbal extracts that are probably the next dimension in youthful health.
It would appear that they could be the ideal insurance policy to help keep us at our youthful best.
Hugh Chambers – Holistic Nutritionist. ©