Antioxidants - Natural Protective Shield Against Environmental Stress


Antioxidants are a naturally occurring substance in food. The main benefits of antioxidants are to create a natural protective shield against environmental stress and repair free radical damage.

Free radicals damage proteins, fats and DNA in the body and contribute to aging and degenerative disease.

Free radicals come from the environment in the form of sunlight, radiation, x-rays, pesticides, solvents…and stress. 

Free radicals are also produced in our bodies during natural chemical reactions, such as the cellular production of energy.

Free radical damage:
  • destroy the inner lining of the heart’s blood vessels contributing to atherosclerosis, ell
  • increase the inflammatory process that underlies conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. 
  • play a role in asthma, cancer, cataracts, obesity and congestive heart failure
  • speeds aging and degenerative diseases
This is where antioxidants come in.

Antioxidants prevent the free radicals damage as they provide an extra electron to neutralize the free radical.  One of the reasons why humans have a much longer lifespan than animals is because of our dietary intake and greater consumption of antioxidants from food.


Antioxidants are an important part of stress nutrition. You’ll recognize these as vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, bioflavonoids and coenzyme Q10.

Vitamin C is a popular antioxidant that we’ve all heard of. 

It plays a primarily protective role in the body, helping to protect from cancerous changes at a cellular level, regenerating vitamin E stores and enhancing white blood cells of our immune system.  

In a study of over 11,000 adults, 500 mg of vitamin C daily elongated the life span of men by five years and women by one to three years. When you are deficient in vitamin C, you’ll notice a susceptibility to lung infections, colds and flues, poor wound healing, and gum disease. 

The best vitamin C food sources are fruits such as berries and citrus, and vegetables - parsley, broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts.  

Keep in mind vitamins degrade with heat (minerals do not), so eating them raw or slightly steamed will provide you with the highest vitamin bang for your buck.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by 50 per cent.  

It protects the skin from ultraviolet light (sun damage), allows cells to communicate effectively which each other, and protects against prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, eye and liver disease.  

Nuts and seeds such as almonds and sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E.

Beta-carotene

Smoking and regular alcohol intake as well as a diet low in fruits and vegetables has been linked to low beta-carotene levels.  Beta-carotene has been associated with a reduced cancer rate involving certain cells of the lungs, skin, cervix and gastrointestinal tract.

Foods that are rich in beta-carotene include sweet potatoes and yams, carrots, kale, spinach, winter squash and cilantro. The immune and reproductive systems are greatly enhanced with proper dietary sources of beta-carotene.

Bioflavonoids.

You can think of bioflavonoids as being our protector against environmental stress and internal inflammation.  

In addition, they appear to modify the body’s allergic reactions and responses to viruses and carcinogens. They work synergistically with vitamin C, protecting cells from oxidative damage and improving blood vessel integrity.  

A noticeable sign of flavonoid deficiency is easy bruising and frequent nose or gum bleeds.  Great dietary sources are apples, citrus fruits, berries, onions, parsley, tomatoes, black beans and green tea. 

Coenzyme Q10 is especially beneficial for energy production in the cells of the heart muscle.  Your heart is the one muscle in your body that never relaxes – think about it.  

From virtually the moment you’re conceived (ok, give or take a few weeks while the heart develops) to the moment you die (80 years? 90?) your heart does a fantastic job of continually contracting and relaxing to support your life.  

Heart disease, stroke and cancer are the only three leading causes of death, but also are stress induced diseases, so we should do everything possible to reduce our risk factors.

Coenzyme Q10 plays a role in reversing heart-related diseases.

Antioxidants are crucial additions to any anti-aging or stress reduction life regimen and should be a large part of a healthy diet.  

I generally recommend a vegetable to fruit ratio of 4 to 1, and ideally we would aim for 4 to 5 cups of brightly colored and dark leafy green veggies every day and 1 to 2 servings of fruit to ensure adequate antioxidant status.  Let’s slow the aging process and focus on preventative health!

The best way to obtain necessary antioxidants of course is from eating whole fruits and vegetables. This idea might sound well but many superwomen are way too busy to shop at organic local markets.

I know also that many women over 40 who care about ageless living and health take multivitamins for women and antioxidant supplements on a regular basis. 

Unfortunately, not all multivitamins are derived from natural sources like plants, fruits and vegetables. Many are synthetically-derived, laboratory simulations of real vitamins, including some common ones like vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and vitamin E (dl-tocopheryl acetate). These are the same types of "vitamins" used to enrich many processed foods, and they simply do not assimilate well into the body because they are not truly natural.

This is why considering biologically active food supplement LiveLon+ - the most potential whole food antioxidant formula is a great idea.

LiveLon’+ ingredients have a systemic synergistic effect on all organs and tissues of the human body, neutralize free radicals and contribute to natural rejuvenation of the body and skin. 

Ingredients:

Acai berry (euterpe) extract, green tea leaf extract, chlorophyllin, amaranth seed extract, grape seed extract (resveratrol), Sea buckthorn extract (quercetin), ubiquinol, L-selenomethionine,astaxanthin, lycopene.




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