Medicine for the People
By Harvey Walks With Hawks
The Miracle of Antioxidants
Antioxidants, air, moisture, and light combined
oxidizes our car. 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 and it will spoil
quickly. Lemon juice contains antioxidants.
Pour lemon juice 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
his 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
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. 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 genes.
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
catalase. 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
antioxidant can become oxidized themselves. Fortunately,
other antioxidants come along and donate electrons to
re-activate them. So 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
regenerate’s 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 are low.
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 aren’t in balance then you are out of
balance spiritually, physically, and mentally.
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.
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.