The definition of antioxidants is relatively new and refers to a group of substances found mainly in plants that can inhibit or prevent damage to human cells and tissues.
The definition of "Antioxidants "was given in 1995 by Halliwell and Gutteridge.
- Antioxidants are divided into several groups.
- The food industry uses artificial antioxidants to preserve food. Studies indicate potential damage to synthetic antioxidants.
Oxidation reactions produce free radicals (toxins) that can start multiple chain reactions that eventually cause cell damage or death.
- Antioxidants remove these free radicals either by oxidizing them or by inhibiting other oxidative reactions. Thus, harmful chain reactions are prevented.
- Due to the lack of appropriate nutrition and exercise, air pollution, smoking, etc., oxidative stress is an essential part of many human diseases; this stress leads to lethal diseases such as cancer. Therefore, antioxidants must be included in your diet.
- Synthetically produced antioxidants are currently used in the food industry to prolong product shelf-life; there is a trend to eat ample, available, efficient natural antioxidants to minimize cell damage.
- There are two major groups of antioxidants in living cells:
- Enzymatic antioxidants.
- Non-enzymatic antioxidants.
- There are many antioxidants in the form of supplements that promise miracles. They are always inferior to natural foods containing potent antioxidants such as berries (all kinds). Regular consumption of natural antioxidants boosts the immune system.
Glutathione - Essential antioxidant at the cellular level. (Often ignored.)
- Glutathione is of enormous importance in the proper functioning of the immune system.
- Severe and prolonged glutathione deficiency can cause serious illnesses, including cancer.
- Glutathione cannot be consumed in its active form; the liver must synthesize its active form. (There are glutathione injections on the market, their effectiveness is unclear.)
- Eating sulfur-rich foods has a significant ability to improve the level of glutathione in the body:
- Such as Avocado, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, onion, garlic.
Detoxification is often an essential tool for boosting the immune system.
Detoxification can be performed on three different levels.
- Nutrition-based detox - A balanced diet of natural foods, drinking only natural drinks. (It is relatively slow detoxification that is suitable for people who wish to maintain good health.)
- Mechanical detoxification - In addition to proper nutrition, mechanical cleansing of organs carries a significant metabolic burden: liver, kidneys, and intestines. (This is relatively quick detoxification that is most suitable for patients with chronic illnesses.)
- Mechanical detoxification of the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys has a far-reaching impact on the immune system. It is often necessary to combine with the release of psycho-energetic traumas from the past in chronic illnesses.
- Additional immune & physiological boosters - Good night's sleep, exercise, sun exposure, acupuncture, and a few supplements such as omega3 and vitamin B12.
My conclusions of long years of taking antioxidant supplements.
- The benefits of taking long-term antioxidants secondary to proper nutrition and regular drinking of freshly squeezed juices.
- Many antioxidants supplements are ineffective if the entire immune system is not functioning correctly.
Proper and balanced nutrition is especially essential for maintaining our health.
- Much unprocessed natural food (preferably organic and not genetically modified) with all macronutrients and ingredients. Reduced quantities of animal protein, preferably grass-fed or organic range-free products. Lots of dietary fiber is mixed with natural oils & fats that enable an effective emulsification process. Fermented products with natural live bacteria are essential for good health.
- Link: "The balanced diet" is the best diet for maintaining good health and optimal weight.
As a severe liver patient, My experience with potent antioxidants is immense.
Antioxidants supplements I used regularly.
- Milk thistle – protects and rejuvenates the liver.
- Bentonite clay absorbs large quantities of toxins, is beneficial for eliminating heavy metals, and is mighty and effective without side effects.
- Very useful for both indoor and outdoor use.
- Astaxanthin – Causes the pink or red color in salmon, trout, lobster, shrimp, and other seafood; it can protect human cells' membranes.
- Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) - is essential for aerobic metabolism.
- Resveratrol (in vacuum bags) Red wine is probably the best-known source. It has anti-aging properties, a powerful antioxidant.
- Fish oil containing DHA and EPA. (Omega 3 fatty acids)
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