Breaking news: antioxidants are everything. Like really, everything.
FYI: if you haven’t done your antioxidant research then pull your head of your ass & get with it!
I definitely was shocked when I researched these babies.
It all started when I ran into a lady who had absolutely amazing skin. Like you know that glowing, dewey insane skin? Ya. On her face, neck, arms, etc.
I asked her how the F her skin was so amaze.
She said two things: SPF ( duh! Wear it every second of every day ) & antioxidants.
When I went to the health store to grab my A.O.’s, the women commented on how smart ( blush ) I was to being taking antioxidants that were anti-aging. This further clarified why incredible skin lady looked so young.
Preventative measures, peeps!
Because duh, who doesn’t want to preserve their youth?!
I’m not too big on taking a bunch of vitamins ( << more here ). I really try to eat them.
And I also try to eat loads of antioxidants ( blueberries, dark chocolate, red wine ; ] ). But after talking to this lady for thirty minutes, I found that while they’re several antioxidant enzymes that the human bod produces naturally, there’s many antioxidants that your body misses out on ( sometimes the food isn’t enough either ).
Oh, and as far as WTH antioxidants do: “the main function of antioxidants is to remove the free oxygen radicals that form as byproducts of the biochemical reactions occurring in the body. If not removed, these free oxygen radicals can cause cancerous growths in the body. If left alone, the free radicals can cause severe damage to cell walls, causing irreparable damage to the organs. They also have the capability of altering the genetic material within the cells and other cell structures. Such sustained damage can lead to serious diseases. The antioxidants can destroy free radicals before they have a chance of causing harm to the body and are useful in the prevention of cancers, strokes, and heart diseases. It has been found that natural antioxidants work to do the job of neutralizing free radicals quite effectively. All in all, most experts agree that the best way to give the body protection from free radicals is to consume a variety of antioxidants.”
Free radicals are the devil. And antioxidants are their arch enemy. Read this for more info.
Anyway so here’s my list of what I’ve been taking daily:
<< Alpha-Lipoic Acid: alpha-lipoic acid is in spinach, broccoli, & potatoes. This also helps with memory loss big time…and well, I do lose my keys, phone, mind every second.
<< N-Acetylcysteine:this helps body to defend off sickness. It’s also “derived from the simple amino acid cysteine, provides significant protection against a broad array of modern toxins. These include acrolein (found in cigarette smoke and auto exhaust), paraquat (a toxic herbicide), and the side effects of cyclophosphamide, adriamycin (both anticancer drugs) and halothane (an anesthetic).” So forget the flu shot, I’m just taking this! Click here to read more.
<< Resveratrol: oh hey, red wine. This antioxidant is in peanuts, berries, & wine. That sounds like a delicious combo to me ; ). Anyway I take this because “resveratrol affects the activity of enzymes called sirtuins. Sirtuins control several biological pathways & are known to be involved in the aging process.” Find out more here.
<< Selenium: this little sex kitten antioxidant is found in meats and seafood. “Major benefits of selenium have been found to improve the immune system against bacterial and viral infections, against cancer cells & shingles. One of the major nutritional benefits of selenium is increasing the HDL cholesterol to LDL cholesterol for a healthy heart. For skin care, selenium’s antioxidant properties regenerate vitamins E and C, thereby decreasing the aging of skin.” For more info, click here.
<< Turmeric: since my neck’s been so inflamed, this has become my new bestie. Research shows that turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant properties. I also add turmeric in my homemade juices but typically it’s not enough. I also love cooking with turmeric. I take two of these a day because they’re just so bad ass.
Note: choose antioxidants that are right for you. Talk to a herb doctor or go to local health food store. Do your research. These are my picks because they work for me.