Antioxidant Supplement

Written by Carmela Slansky
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Keep Aging at Bay with Antioxidants

One of the best things you can do for you health is regularly take an antioxidant supplement. There are many substances that can be called antioxidant. We'll get to that in a minute, but first let's look at what antioxidants do in the body and why they have so much to offer the health conscious person.

On a daily basis, we all age a little. The food we eat, the substances we are exposed to in the air and any number of other factors all cause something called free radicals to be produced in the body. Free radicals are a chief cause of aging on many levels. We can't entirely avoid them, because they are even produced by our very metabolism; just being produces free radicals.

Defend Yourself with an Antioxidant Supplement

But an antioxidant supplement can be our main line of defense because it can neutralize free radicals. Of course you'll need to also be watching your diet. Many of today's convenience foods will supply us with a steady stream of free radicals! If you smoke, then I won't tell you that whatever else you do is going to be a waste of time, but it would be pretty close to it!

So what type of antioxidant supplement should you be taking? I take more than one. I take a lot of vitamin C every day. Your own body can tell you how much you need, and it's usually a lot more than recommendations allow for! I also take vitamin E, and salmon oil (essential fatty acids and vitamin A). But there are newcomers to the antioxidant supplement market. Many of us can benefit from such substances as pycnogenol, coenzyme Q10, and GDL, which is glucono delta-lactone.

Which ones you need most will depend on your body, but start with vitamins C and E, and work up from there. Vitamin C taken in sufficient amounts can actually mean you no longer have allergies. It can also reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as aid your body in just about every repair and detoxing process that goes on inside of you. Vitamin C is a catalyst for many other vitamins. This means that if you don't have enough C, you won't be able to use many other nutrients that are available.

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