What is an Anti-Oxidant?
After many deliberations involving several decades we have come to know that anti-oxidants fight free radicals. But then, what are free radicals and why should one fight them? Well, folks, reasons are aplenty. I do not intend to drag you into the controversies of the Free-radical Theory of Aging (FRTA) that says that organism ages because Protein, Lipid and Nucleic Acid (DNA, RNA) cause Free Radical damage with the passage of time. Their attack on the Protein, Lipid and Nucleic Acid leads to a diminution of their respective task, thereby diminishing cell function, then organic function and finally, organismal function. So, anti-oxidant supplements play a major role in protecting the body as well as slowing the aging process.
Wart VirusThe virus responsible for causing warts (including Genital Warts) comes from a large family of viruses called human papillomavirus (HPV) of which there are more than 65 strains. Though the wart virus is obviously not as deadly as cancer, but it is no less mischievous. The virus, once it finds a host, falls in love with the body, not leaving it easily. It lies dormant till an opportune moment arrives to flare up, causing the warts on the skin or in the genital areas. However, recent studies have shown that medication formulated from anti-oxidants have far reaching effect on nerves. Professor Stuart Lipton of the National Academy of Sciences had observed that “Nerve cells are specifically targeted by these new drugs, avoiding other cell types”. “Of even more importance”, he agreed, “these antioxidant rich drugs are much less toxic than prior drugs in this class”.
Anti-oxidant Supplements and their role in Human LifeSince plants are an important source of organic anti-oxidants, a diet containing the Polyphenol antioxidant (which is derived from plant body) as an antioxidant supplement is necessary for the health of most mammals. Antioxidants are extensively used as ingredients in dietary supplements for health purposes like preventing cancer and heart diseases (though recent studies have shown that they are not all that effective in heart problems). However, excess supplementation can be harmful. Vitamins A, C and E are all antioxidants. Although Vitamin C is more effective than Vitamin E, it passes through the system fast and so should be taken more frequently.
Other antioxidant supplements include Pycnogenol/OPC (grape seed/pine bark extract) that works as an anti-aging agent. Antioxidant supplement Curcumin, derived from the herb Turmeric significantly improves brain function. Antioxidant Coenzyme Q-10 is a killer of free radicals. Studies reveal that this antioxidant is functional in treatment of neuro-degenerative tissues. Anti-oxidant Astaxanthin is believed to be 100 times more effective than Vitamin E in preventing Lipid peroxidation. Carotenoids are a group of antioxidant nutrients that are found in colored fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, watermelons, beets, etc. Phenolics are naturally occurring antioxidants found in skins of many fruits, vegetables and herbs.
And, lastly, believe it or not, the good old TEA is also a health-friendly anti-oxidant supplement for the entire family.
ConclusionOften we need a supplement to optimize the health needs of our body. Because the food we take fails to give us everything that we need. Anti-oxidant supplements do this work wonderfully well.
Until Next Time, Good Health and Well-Being!