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Antioxidants

Antioxidants for Health

An antioxidant is a molecule capable of protecting against the damaging effects of free radical compounds. Once a free radical oxidizes a molecule, it can start a chain reaction of oxidation that won’t stop until it meets an antioxidant. Antioxidants occur naturally in fresh fruit, vegetables, spices, herbs, nuts and seeds. A number of studies have suggested that antioxidants can be very beneficial and protect against excessive levels of free radicals. 

List of Reviewed Antioxidants

Acai Berry

The Acai Berry is a small, black-purple edible fruit from the açaí palm. The Acai berry has become a popular health supplement due to it's high antioxidant level.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Acetyl-L-Carnitine has good antioxidant capacity and is known to help to detoxify the waste products of metabolism including ammonia.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

A powerful anti-oxidant, Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), known to protect biological systems from oxidative damage. ALA is believed to protect against hardening of the arteries, hypertension, strokes, diabetes, reduce ageing and improve memory.

Carnosine

Carnosine is a potent antioxidant found in high concentrations in the heart, brain and skeletal muscles. Carnosine has a powerful protective effect in the brain and may also enhance exercise performance by reducing the build up of hydrogen ions (lactate) within muscle cells.

Co-Enzyme Q10

Co-Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells from damage. Co-Q10 is found within every cell in the human body but is found in particularly high levels in the heart. Co-Q10 supplementation is believed to enhance the function of the heart.

Dimethylglycine (DMG)

DMG is an anti-oxidant that may enhance immune function aswel as working as a detoxifier.

Ginkgo Biloba

Gingko biloba is used in traditional medicine to improve mental function and memory. Ginkgo biloba is the most widely used phytomedicine in Europe where is often used to treat the early stage symptoms of Alzheimers, dementia, raynauds disease (pain & poor circulation in hands & feet in cold conditions), & tinnitus.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract can enhance fat metabolism, lower the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol whilst raising the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol, protect against cell damage and some times of cancer (specifically breast cancer).

Milk Thistle (Silymarin)

Milk Thistle (Silymarin) contains a number of antioxidant flavonoligans including isosilybin, silybin, silydianin, silychristin and one flavonoid, taxifolin. Milk Thistle helps to increase/maintain the intracellular content of important antioxidant scavengers such as catalase, glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase, and superoxide dismutase

Pycnogenol

Pycnogenol is the brand name for standaridized herbal extract of the bark of French maritime pine tree. Pycnogenol is known to be one of the most potent anti-oxidants (Pycnogenol is at least 50-100 times more powerful than vitamin E). It is extremely efficient at neutralising free-radicals.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a number of beneficial effects, including: reduced blood glucose levels, enhanced insulin sensitivity, improved cardiovascular health, positive effects on brain health and reduced blood pressure.

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola rosea (Golden root) is a popular plant that is traditionally used medicinally in Eastern Europe and Asia. It is an adaptogen, which means that it enhances the body’s ability to cope with external stresses (physical and mental). It reputed to stimulate the nervous system, decrease depression, enhance work performance, and eliminate, or, reduce fatigue.

Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcuminoids (powerful antioxidants) that are believed to protect us from, and slow down the aging process. Research suggests that turmeric protects against DNA damage, reduces the risk of cancer and artheriosclerosis, as well as reduce joint inflammation.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant vitamin that plays several essential roles within the body, including: 1) Proper immune function; 2) Production of collagen; 3) production of anti-stress hormones; 4) Production of energy; 5) Protection against free radicals.