Antioxidants - What Are They?
Antioxidants, air, moisture, and light combined
oxidizes a car or anything made of metal. In
time the chrome will rust away. This destruction
process is called oxidation.
To explain it this way, remove the antioxidant
coating from an apple by peeling away its skin and
exposing the insides of the apple to the air. It
will spoil quickly. Pour lemon juice, which contains
antioxidants, on the exposed apple and it will delay
it from spoiling.
If you look around, we as humans have skin, trees
have bark, animals have skin, even thicker than
humans, and anything you see on Mother Earth has a
protective area to cover itself. This is Mother
Earth's way of protecting our species, plants,
animals and any other life on this planet. The Great
Spirit (Creator) knew in infinite wisdom that we
would be destroying ourselves as soon as we gained
the knowledge to do so. We are a planet of
destruction. Knowledge and progress is destroying
the human race and all of its inhabitants. Mother
Earth cries out for mercy but we do not hear her
call. We continually destroy her daily. In
destroying her then we are destroying our selves. We
are part of the web of life as stated by Chief
living cells must breathe oxygen. A by-product of
cellular respiration is the production of a small
number of toxic oxygen molecules called "free
radicals". These are atoms that are missing an
electron. So they go searching to steal electrons
from nearby atoms and in doing so destroy cells and
tissues. An antioxidant stops the damaging free
radical and oxygen molecules. So as long as
antioxidants, the "rust removers" of living cells,
are abundant, oxidation will not destroy tissues and
promote disease. Scientists estimate that the
genetic material (DNA) inside living cells in the
human body is being hit by 10,000 "free radicals"
bullets each day. An antioxidant-rich diet and food
supplements are likely to be needed to protect our
human body has an elaborate antioxidant system to
protect itself. The system which you could call a
team can be likened to a football team. If you
recall a defensive team has some big lineman who are
the front line against the opponent, backed up by
the linebackers and then by safety men.
antioxidant team in your body works the same way.
The first line of defense is the antioxidants. There
are three glutathione, superoxide dismutase (SOD),
and catalyses. The linebackers or second line of
defense are vitamins A, C, D and E. The third line
of defense is the carotenoids, the bioflavonoid, and
coenzyme Q10 (needed daily). Each antioxidant
can become oxidized themselves. Fortunately, other
antioxidants come along and donate electrons to
antioxidants exist in two forms, their active
(reduced) or oxidized form. Antioxidants whirl
through living tissues, reactivating each other.
Vitamins A, C, and E protect each other in a
circular fashion. Vitamin A regenerates vitamin C,
vitamin C regenerateís vitamin E, and vitamin E
regenerates vitamin A. The antioxidant system has
other backup systems. For instance, beta carotene
coverts to vitamin A in the liver, so it is a back
up to vitamin A. Bioflavonoid enhance and prolong
the antioxidant action of vitamin C and coenzyme Q10
works in place of vitamin E when vitamin E levels
Multivitamins should be formulated the way nature
has arranged the antioxidant defense force in an
"Antioxidant Vine or Tree".
any portion of this antioxidant defense force is
missing a health problem may result. Without having
a selection of antioxidants to protect them, living
tissues perish. Just like the football team those
lines up without all its players on the field. If
there is a deficiency of just one antioxidant the
opponent will find this weakness and capitalize on
it and use the lack of it to make you sick. It all
about checks and balances. Just like life if you
arenít in balance then you are out of balance
spiritually, physically, and mentally.
Have you noticed that I continually use the word
"supplement"? It is a very careful choice of words.
Never forget that vitamin pills are a supplement to
a healthy diet, not a replacement for it.
advise the public to rely on plants foods, the five
daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, to
supply the variety of nutrients required for health.
You can also get a lot of nutrients from herbal
teas. We know that the best-made pills can never
supply the hundreds of natural antioxidants and
other nutrients found in plant foods or herbal teas.
For example, there are over 200 carotenoid pigments
found in plant foods in miniscule amounts. It would
be impossible to provide them all in vitamins
supplements. However, with so few adults consuming
the five servings of plant foods daily, a well
designed multivitamin pill becomes a reality against
premature aging and disease.
Natural remedies are far better than other remedies
that have all the side effects that you have to
contend with. The recommended daily allowance is
obsolete. What weak vitamins do provide is the
recommended daily allowance, now recognized as
outdated by many nutritionists. If you are a growing
child, pregnant or lactating, under physical or
emotional stress, participate in regular physical
exercise, smoke tobacco, consume alcohol, are
exposed to toxic chemicals, have a chronic health
problem like diabetes or high blood pressure, take
certain medications, regularly consume fast foods or
junk foods, or over age 70, then you will need to
consume more than the recommended daily allowance.
Athletes, exercisers, untold millions,
exercise produces more oxidation within body;
countered by antioxidants. Heart Disease patients:
50 + Million. Vitamin E may be beneficial.
Hypertensive patients: 43 million, 500 mg
vitamin C daily reduces blood pressure similar to
drugs. Diabetics: 15.7 million 400 units of
vitamin E has protective effect. Hospitalized:
33 million hospitalized have increased need for
antioxidant nutrients. Pregnant and lactating
females: 4 million. US women give birth
annually; off spring must obtain nutrients from
mother. Fertile women require folic acid before
conception to prevent birth defects. Tobacco Smokers:
66 million: One cigarette takes 11
minutes from your life. One pack of cigarettes takes
3 hours and 40 minutes from your life. Smokers
require 25 mg vitamin C for each cigarette smoked.
Retirees at risk for cataracts: 34
million. 10 year users of 250 mg vitamin C have
45-83% reduction in risk. Everyone should be on a
good multivitamin so that they can have a healthy
body. Preferably a liquid vitamin because the body
can assimilate it better than pill or capsule form.
When taking vitamins or herbs always read the
instructions on the label for instructions.