Are antioxidants ‘Life-Savers’?

Antioxidants are substances that protect our cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.
Free radicals are already a resident of our bodies and is actually a normal part of our lives.

Antioxidants control or stabilize free radicals, which are responsible for a great deal of damage within the body.
These free radicals are destabilized because they lack an electron. In seeking to stabilize themselves, they attack other molecules in an effort to take what they need from them, which results in those molecules becoming destabilized as well.
If a cell accumulates enough free radicals, cellular damage can occur, which can lead to tissue damage as the free radicals roam, increasing their population.

According to Pat Kendall, a Food Science and Human Nutrition Specialist from Colorado State University, the body’s defense mechanism systems prevents these bad, bad, free radicals to cause damage to the structure and function of the body’s cells.

But because we are exposed to pollution, UV-radiation, alcohol and other chemicals and elements bad for our system, the human body’s ability to patrol and eventually stop these free radicals are overpowered.

When this happens it will lead to numerous illnesses including the dreaded cancer and the number one killer of people in the United States the heart disease. And damage to the body’s cells leads to the more dreaded and unfortunately inevitable aging.

Antioxidants act as defense soldiers and provides the body with tools to neutralize these harmful free radicals. Several metabolic enzymes produced by the body are extremely effective antioxidant scavengers. Unfortunately, the body’s ability to produce these enzymes fades dramatically in our late twenties.

Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C, E, and A. Cutting edge research is continually uncovering new ones.
Dr. Kendall also wrote that they ward off heart disease to slowing degeneration of the brain and eyes.

Suffice to say, anti-oxidants are indeed lifesavers.

But are they also the missing key in preventing aging?

It is thought that antioxidants do have a role in slowing down the aging process. But this idea is yet inconclusive and studies are still ongoing to prove the concept a hundred percent accurate.
It can be noticed however, that beauty products have already started adding antioxidants in their products already – products like night cream, eye cream and even make up.

But no matter, antioxidants prove to be helpful in fighting certain illnesses. And you can either buy antioxidants supplements from your regular drugstore (no prescription required!) or do your regular exercise and stretching routine coupled with eating 5 servings of any of your favorite fruit or vegetables every day.
Doing these things will ensure that you are developing your body’s inherent antioxidant systems and that your diet is providing the necessary components.

The use of antioxidant supplements at a maintenance level may provide the ultimate defense against premature aging and a compromised immune system.
At therapeutic levels, antioxidants may actually play a significant role in reversing many of the effects of aging and disease.

Unfortunately antioxidants are specialists, not generalists. No one antioxidant works on all free radicals and in every area of the body.
You have to use an antioxidant complex that provides a full-spectrum defense. This is the only real defense against free radical devastation.