“Free radicals” are highly reactive, unstable molecules that can cause serious cellular damage. They link themselves to unpaired electrons that pull on the atoms of other cells that then become disrupted, causing a chain reaction of oxidation in the body. Free radicals are produced through normal bodily processes, but also from other air pollution and tobacco smoke. They can attack vital cellular components, including cellular membranes and DNA, and are associated with the aging process and with chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer.
Antioxidants are substances that destroy free radicals and mitigate their harmful effects on the body. They keep us healthy and contribute to prevention of illness and disease. Eating food rich in antioxidants (fruits, vegetables, nuts, and leafy greens) can help offset the damage caused by free radicals. A well-balanced diet, combined with regular exercise and getting rid of bad habits like smoking can be very helpful to overall health.
Along with diet and exercise natural nutritional supplements can have support natural antioxidant effects of the body:
Coenzyme Q10 has shown distinctive antioxidant properties making it a desirable choice.
Citrus Polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) are known to have powerful antioxidant properties. Virgin red palm oil tocotrienols (including those in vitamin E) have demonstrated protective effects against free radical damage in several studies.
In other studies, vitamin E has shown to support healthy cardiovascular function when taken before consumption of high-fat foods.
Green tea and French Maritime pine bark extract are full of antioxidants, with several studies having shown their relation to support healthy immune system function.
Vitamin D, found in most of the cells in the body, has been found to contribute to a healthy immune system, and its antioxidant properties have been found to be among the most potent of any supplement.