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The Problem with Antioxidants

Antioxidants are crucial for health, but there’s a problem if you don’t get enough…

If you’ve paid attention to health news over the past few years, you
know that eliminating free radicals is crucial to help your body
fight off the damaging effects of aging.

Free radicals are byproducts of metabolism that wreak havoc with
your body’s ability to create energy. And, one of the most common
ways to fight them is with antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect
the trillions of little energy generators in our cells, called
mitochondria.

Without antioxidants, Mitochondria become less efficient at turning
food and oxygen into energy when free radicals are around.

The result? A greater tendency towards diabetes, heart disease,
dementia, fatigue, and brain fog.

In other words, without healthy, functioning mitochondria, you feel
older faster.

So What’s The Problem with Antioxidants?

I’m glad you asked!

You see, free radicals aren’t the only thing that damage your
mitochondria. They are easily damaged by many other things,
including toxins, infections, allergens, junk food and stress.

In addition, antioxidants aren’t ‘magic bullets’ in the fight to
stop aging. The reason is that as they protect your body by
destroying free radicals they become free radicals
themselves. In normal physiological functioning other antioxidants
come in and neutralize these new free radicals, etc.

It’s like domino effect. Your body passes the free radicals from one
anti-oxidant to another until they finally get neutralized by the
mother of all antioxidants, glutathione.

This means that if even one of the crucial players isn’t available,
you end up with just as many free radicals as when you started. Not
good.

In addition, if you don’t eat sufficient brightly colored fruits and
vegetables, you miss getting some of the most powerful antioxidants
around, such as proanthocyanidins.

It’s a Team Effort

As it turns out, the only way to get a full spectrum of antioxidants
and greatly reduce your chances of age-inducing damage from free
radicals is to have a complete spectrum of antioxidants in your
diet.

Without them, you’ll basically rust from the inside out.

Here’s how you can support the process and lower free radical
damage:

  1. Drastically reduce or even better, eliminate processed, junk
    food, sugar and empty calories in your diet.
  2. Detoxify your body and remove external sources of toxicity.
  3. Reduce inflammation using natural methods.
  4. Do interval training to help energize your cells. My
    favorite program is by Dr. Al Sears, called the PACE program.
  5. Eat whole, natural (ideally organic) fruits and vegetables,
    not canned, frozen, packaged or processed foods.
  6. Take the appropriate nutrients to support your mitochondria.

What are the appropriate nutrients? Here’s a good list that will
help. Check your supplements to determine if you are getting all of
the following. If not, add the missing ones to what you already
take:

  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid
  • Co-enzyme Q10
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • N-Acetyl-Cysteine
  • NADH
  • D-ribose
  • Resveratrol
  • Magnesium

When you take care of your cells, they’ll take care of you.
Reduce the likelihood of suffering from age-related problems now and
you’ll enjoy your life lots more in years to come.

Please contact me if you have questions about increasing your
energy and reducing the effects of aging. I’m happy to offer
specific suggestions for your unique situation. You can call the
office at (775) 827-6901 or email me by
clicking here.

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