Antioxidants and why we need them?

What is an antioxidant?

It is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules.

Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals which in turn may damage cells. Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that are produced by the body as by-products of normal metabolic processes. Free radicals are also generated by environmental factors such as radiation, pollution, smoking, stress, exercise and exposure to chemicals. They are also generated by processed and packaged foods as well as heated oils and charred meats.

The molecules are often highly reactive oxygen fragments that contain unpaired electrons, and in chemistry, this makes them highly unstable as they steal electrons from other molecules to make themselves stable. Once they are stable, the molecule they have stolen electrons from becomes unstable, and hence a chain reaction of free radical damage occurs. Free radicals have a particular affinity for attacking lipids, and seeing that our cells consist of a bi-lipid cell membrane, these free radicals are able to damage our cell membranes. Free radicals have the ability to radically speed up the aging and degeneration process as they have the ability to damage DNA, lipids, enzymes and the mitochondria of cells. They may also be involved in the production of neurotoxic substances which can damage the brain and nervous system.

It is now well known that free radicals damage the telomere (protein capsule at the end of each DNA strand). Scientists have even discovered that the age of your body is directly correlated to the length of your telomeres. This is why you have some people in their 40’s who look 20 years younger, whilst with other people they look much older than their actual chronological age.

Your daily habits really do reflect in the age of your body, and even though it may be alarming if one thinks how much damage has been done to the system, the beauty here is that regeneration is completely possible.

How to protect the body from aging and how to reverse the aging process?

Here one of the main ingredients are antioxidants which are substances that neutralize free radical damage by donating electrons of their own. Vitamins with strong antioxidant capacity are vitamin C (naturally found in high quantities in amla berrry, camu camu berry, acerola berry, goji berry, rose hips, vitamin E and beta-carotene. Minerals with strong anti-oxidant capacity are selenium, copper, manganese and zinc because they are cofactors to enzyme antioxidants within the body. Of the most important antioxidants found in nature are the phytochemicals which are plant flavonoids found within the colours of fruits and vegetables such as berries, grapes, carrots, peppers, algae etc…. The pigments found in colorful fruits and vegetables are our best protectors against oxidation.

Resveratrol(found in the skin of red grapes) – now that’s one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants! Blue-green algae contains phycocyanin which activates stem cell production and is a very strong antioxidant, as well as the fact that it is rich in trace minerals and omega 3 fatty acids.

Now not everyone is able to consume high intakes of colorful fruits and vegetables, and due to this, our favourite antioxidant supplement which is a liquid supplement is Reserve. Independent scientific studies show that the ingredients in this supplement help to regenerate the heart, regenerate the brain and myelin sheath, reverse inflammation, and most importantly, these ingredients have been shown to reactivate the enzyme telomerase, which is the enzyme that regenerates the telomeres, and therefore can reverse some of the aging processes.

Science and ancient wisdom finally are on the same page and show that low calorie diets, in terms of fasting, or consuming low calories foods activate longevity genes (called sirtuin genes) which reverse the aging process…… Nice to see that taking a supplement such as Reserve can do the same!

Choose to regenerate yourself……….and put the brakes on degeneration!

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