Understanding Free Radicals and Antioxidants
Understanding the role of antioxidants in anti-aging and wellness is essential for everyone, whether you are in your early 20’s or late seventies. Health starts at the cellular level and the most important thing you can do for your body is to ensure that you are eating a balanced, nutritious and well portioned diet. Free radicals are atoms that are created when oxygen in your body interacts with other molecules. The reactive free radicals start a chain sequence that multiply themselves within the body, figuratively attacking other cells by affixing themselves to the membrane of healthy cells.
Having a perfect diet does not mean you can adequately protect your body from free radicals, as they enter the body in a variety of ways including environmental pollutants (air, water and pesticides), processed foods and lifestyle habits including cigarette smoking. When you hear about free radicals, it is important to understand that the damage they do to cells is substantial if not controlled or counteracted by your body’s best and only defense against the destruction of healthy cells; antioxidants.
Vitamins such as vitamin E, beta-carotene and vitamin C combat free radicals. Selenium is a trace metal that also has an important role in antioxidant functioning. Vitamin E can be acquired in a natural diet that is rich in nuts, certain vegetables, whole grains, apricots and some fruits. Vitamin C (required for the production of vitamin A in the body) is present in citrus fruits, green peppers and leafy vegetables such as kale. Beta carotene (retinol) is acquired in foods like carrots, broccoli, yams and cantaloupe.
The Link Between Antioxidants and Good Health
Consider your daily diet from an antioxidant perspective. How many of these essential foods and nutrients are you receiving consistently to support the healthy antioxidant functioning that your body needs to combat cellular damage? Health and wellness starts at the cellular level, and high quality nutritional supplements are an effective way to bridge the gap between the nutrients you eat daily and the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals your body needs consistently to combat free radicals and to promote a healthy immune system.
There are other aspects to managing your personal wellness, including hydration and regular exercise, but nutrition is the key to achieving and maintaining health at all ages and in every stage of life. Dr. Robert Keller was passionate about educating others on the key role of antioxidants and healthy aging, and his research formulated a family of supplements designed to work synergistically to provide comprehensive nutritional support and cellular health.
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For more reading and resources, check out “Top 100 Food Sources of Polyphenols” by Nutrition Advance.