Antioxidants & Free-Radicals
A free radical is a highly reactive molecule that can bind to and destroy body components. This oxidative damage is what makes us age. Free radicals have been known for initiating the disease process in the heart and in other cancer related issues. Now antioxidants on the other hand; are compounds that help protect against free-radical damage. Also thought to slow the aging process, a combination of antioxidants will provide greater antioxidant protection than any single nutritional antioxidant. Mixtures of antioxidant nutrients appear to work together harmoniously to produce a phenominal load of energy. The two primary antioxidants in the human body are vitamin C and vitamin E. Vitamin C is an "aqueos phase" antioxidant. This means that it is found in body compartments composed of water. In contrast vitamin E is a "lipid phase" antioxidant because it is found in lipid-soluble (fat-soluble) body compartments such as cell membranes and fatty molecules. Vitamin E is any of various oily fat-soluble liquid vitamins whose absence in the body is associated with such ailments as infertility, the breakdown of muscles, and vascular problems. If you are taking a high potency multiple-vitamin-and-mineral formula, many of the supportive antioxidant nutrient, such as selenium, zinc, and betacarotene, are provided for. Therefore, your primary concern may be simply to ensure beneficial levels of vitamin C and vitamin E. Vitamin C is the first line of antioxidants protection in the body. In other words, it is the body's most important antioxidant. Working along side vitamin C are antioxidant enzymes such as Glutathione peroxidase, Catalase, and Superoxide Dismutase. In addition to offering protection against cardiovascular disease, vitamin E supplementation plays a major role in the treatment of heart disease, recovery from stroke, and pripheral vascular disease.
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