The big picture on anti-oxidants

The main preventative factor in fighting off cancer rapid aging and other forms of diseases are elements called anti-oxidants. We are now fortunate that medical research has made progress in understanding the role of anti-oxidants and what they can do for our bodies. This in turn has made us more aware of the negative impact of free radicals  which are now known to be a factor in many ailments(along with its related biochemical process, Oxidative Stress) including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, heart failure, myocardial infarction, Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, fragile X syndrome, Sickle Cell Disease,lichen planus, vitiligo, autism and chronic fatigue syndrome, along with a more rapid aging process.

Oxygen plays a part in the formation of free radicals when they are mixed with specific molecules. A chain reaction begins when free radicals are formed and they are mixed up with cellular membranes and DNA and this is where the real damage begins. This causes the particular cell to weaken or in more severe cases die. The natural response of the body is to produce anti-oxidants to destroy free radicals and prevent the damage from ever happening. With anti-oxidants scouring our system they interact harmoniously with free radicals and prevent the serious chain reaction from happening avoiding cell disintegration. Anti-oxidants are found in beta carotene, vitamin C and E so these specific vitamins make up for lost grounds.

Vitamin E in particular is one of the primary vitamins that the body cannot do without because it is a major factor in making our system in a healthy manner. It is composed of a fat soluble vitamin usually found in different nutrient sources. Foods which are rich in vitamin E include vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. 12IU is the recommended daily allowance for women while men would need a 15IU intake of vitamin E.

Vitamin C on the other hand is found on juices and citrus fruits more commonly called as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is also found in abundance in vegetables such as broccoli, green peppers, cabbage and spinach. 60mg is the recommended daily allowance but be aware, once you go over 2000mg there can be negative side effects. if you are not sure on the levels appropriate to you, seek advice from a medical professional.  The derivative form of vitamin A is beta carotene which can be found in butter, carrots, egg yolk and tomato. Beta carotene is the transformation of vitamin A to this specific element.

For all intents and purposes these specific nutrients combined can have the best anti-oxidant source which importantly fights off the scourge of free radicals.  To assist with this a new supplement has been developed called OPC-3 or Oligomeric ProanthoCyanidins..  It is more potent the three combined A part of the class of bioflavanoids, this specific element is 70 times more powerful than vitamin C and E combined. A healthy lifestyle together with a fitness regimen can support an OPC-3 supplement in the fight against free radicals.