If you ever wondered why an apple turns brown after you cut it or why iron rusts when exposed to the elements, you are questioning the damage and destructive effects of oxidants (free radicals) normally found in the

Oxidation causes similar harm to the cells of your body. When you breathe, digest food, exercise or just sleep, your body produces potentially harmful agents called free radicals. The free-radical chain reactions in your body take place countless times each day. To make matters worse, emotional stress, ultraviolet light and toxic substances in air pollution and cigarette smoke also generate free radicals that can put your health at risk. Fortunately, nature offers the means to protect yourself against the hazards of oxidation by-products. You can call on powerful allies known as Antioxidants, that work in opposition to free radicals. Researchers have found that Antioxidants inhibit and control free radicals.

To minimise the damaging effects of free radicals, a balance of Antioxidants is required. The most important Antioxidants include: Carotenoids such as Beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Tocotrienols, NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine), Glutathione, L-Cysteine and components found in certain Botanicals such as Ginkgo biloba, Bilberry, Red Wine (Grape Skins) and Green Tea. The Minerals Zinc and Selenium, are crucial components of important antioxidant enzyme systems in the body. While steps should be taken to ensure adequate dietary sources, additional supplementation to provide optimal intake may be desirable.

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