The need to defend, protect and restore your health has never been greater than it is in today’s world. Free radicals cause significant damage to your cells! When the body is unable to produce enough antioxidants to counteract free radicals, the resultant cell damage can cause certain types of cancer, heart disease, premature aging, cataracts, and other serious illnesses. For example, when free radicals damage artery walls, fatty deposits accumulate around the scar tissue, causing atherosclerosis and heart disease.
Antioxidants are molecules that play an extremely important role in preventing damage to cells in our bodies, particularly those cells linked to cancer, heart disease, aging, and a variety of other diseases.
Antioxidants act by neutralizing free radicals, which are atoms or groups of atoms that become destructive to your cells. 70% of all disease can be attributed to free radicals (oxidative stress) causing accelerated aging and damage to your DNA.
This damage to our bodies has been likened to the damage that oxidation causes on an old truck.
The gentleman on the left uses antioxidants to protect himself and his car. The gentleman on the right thought he was fine by eating the chemical laden nutrient deficient fruit and vegetables.
Did you know the average person in North America eats only 2 servings of fruits and vegetables each day? Let’s hope that one of them is not French fries!
Oxidative stress is one of the key factors that cause your body to age prematurely!
Antioxidants reduce free radicals that reduce cellular damage. With less damage, your body can stay healthy and slow the aging process.
While our bodies naturally manufacture some antioxidant enzymes, it cannot manufacture selenium, the trace mineral necessary to produce these enzymes, nor can it manufacture the essential micronutrient antioxidants vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene and other carotenoids.
They must be obtained by eating foods rich in these essential nutrients. The trouble is we can not eat enough fruits and vegetables to obtain the required amount to sustain optimal health
In the last several years we have seen a 50% reduction in antioxidant content of our common food chain. They are finding lower levels of common nutrients like vitamin C, calcium, iron and phytochemicals in our fruits and vegetables.
Farmers in the 1950’s produced 4 tons of strawberries per acre and today they are producing 40 tons per acre with the use of fungicides, fertilizers and other toxic chemicals.
It makes sense, that when you produce 10 times the amount of fruit in nutrient depleted soils that the nutritional value of the fruit is vastly different.
Recent changes in the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables has doubled as well. It used to be at least 5 servings a day and now it is
9 – 13.
Think about the challenge that presents to your family, you are busy, budget-constrained and who can get their children to eat two or three let alone 9 – 13 servings of fruits and vegetables.
We no longer have a choice; we have to find alternate ways to provide these essential antioxidants to our bodies. Your body must have a balanced supply of antioxidants that work synergistically together.
Without sufficient amounts of antioxidants these unstable molecules, called free radicals, cause this oxidative stress by stealing electrons from neighboring cells and starts a chain reaction.
When your body does not have enough unable antioxidants to counteract free radicals, the resultant cell damage can cause certain types of cancer, heart disease, premature aging, cataracts, and other serious illnesses. For example, when free radicals damage artery walls, fatty deposits accumulate around the scar tissue, causing atherosclerosis and heart disease.
So just because you feel healthy, it does not mean that you are healthy. You do not always feel what is occurring in your body most often until you have a symptom of a serious disease.
Preliminary studies have suggested that antioxidants are useful in a number of ways in regards to cancer. For instance, they may improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy, decrease side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and prevent some types of cancer.
Because free radicals are naturally produced in the body through the normal metabolism of amino acids and fats. These free radicals are unstable molecules that can freely react with and destroy healthy cells. They can bind to and alter the structure of DNA thus leading to mutations and eventually to cancer.
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