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Vital Reasons to Add Antioxidants to Your Diet

October 19, 2020

Vital Reasons to Add Antioxidants to Your Diet

Oxidative stress on the body can result from a wide range of processes and activities, from pollution to physical exertion, from inflammation and injury to chemical, radiation, or solvent exposure. In all cases, this oxidative stress can lead to a host of health problems across nearly all body systems. Antioxidants combat this oxidative stress by reducing the number of harmful free radicals, or cellular waste products, these oxidative stressors produce. 

 That's the scientific explanation of how antioxidants help your overall health and well-being. Now let's get to the practical explanations. Here are how, exactly, antioxidants benefit several vital systems of the body. 

 

Your Skin

 

 Free radicals can wreak havoc on your skin, causing blemishes and wrinkles. As you age, the impacts of free radicals on your skin only increase. Antioxidants help combat these free radicals and reduce their effects on your skin, keeping it looking smoother, clearer, and younger throughout your life. 

 

Your Resistance to Disease

 

 Antioxidants have a powerful effect on the immune system, helping to ward the body against illness. Additionally, antioxidants reduce inflammation, a common symptom of many illnesses, thereby helping the body to more quickly and effectively heal from those conditions. 

 Illnesses and diseases associated with oxidative stress that antioxidants may help to alleviate or prevent include:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Emphysema
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Other ischemic or inflammatory conditions

 

Your Brain

 

 Antioxidants can help reduce the number of harmful free radicals able to damage brain cells, potentially helping to alleviate or prevent the progression of brain-related conditions like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Improved brain health results in improved brain function, including clearer thinking, sharper responsiveness to stimuli, better mood control, and improved learning. 

 

Your Joints

 

 By reducing the impact of free radicals on the body and alleviating inflammation, antioxidants can also reduce, relieve, and prevent pain in the ankles, knees, and other joints. This, in turn, allows for improved mobility and increased activity, both of which further help to improve overall health and wellness. 

 

How You Age

 

 Last but certainly not least, antioxidants can help to reduce the damaging effects and early signs of aging, helping you to stay looking and feeling younger for longer.

 For an antioxidant thousands of times more potent than vitamin C and Resveratrol and hundreds of times more potent than Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and green tea catechins, try astaxanthin, a carotenoid pigment found naturally in foods like shrimp and lobster. Farlong Pharmaceutical makes an Astaxanthin supplement made exclusively of non-GMO ingredients grown on a GAP-certified farm.