Antioxidants help prevent heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer's. Antioxidant foods contain vitamins C and E, trace elements like selenium and many less familiar compounds. They work by protecting us from the effects of chemicals known as free radicals. The only way to counteract the effects of free radicals is to destroy them, and that's where antioxidants come in.

Antioxidant supplements act as powerful scavengers and interrupt the electronic chain building process that causes free radicals to be produced. This helps to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease.

It has been estimated that up to 30 percent of Americans are taking some form of antioxidant supplement.

Types of Antioxidant Supplements

The most common antioxidants, but not the most effective, are Vitamins C and E protect the body. Other antioxidants, more effective against the destructive effects of free radicals, each working in a different way, include.

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Mild Antioxidant Supplements


L-Cysteine is a sulphur-containing amino acid that acts as a free-radical scavenger. It aids detoxification, by supporting the liver in producing and storing glutathione, part of an important antioxidant enzyme system andprotects cells and tissues from chemicals. Take with vitamin C, and also with other amino acids.


Zinc also has mild antioxidant effects through its function in the enzyme superoxide dismutase, a free-radical scavenger. Zinc also contributes to immune support.


Manganese and copper act as mild antioxidants, mainly as support, along with zinc, of the superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzymes, which metabolize the superoxide free radicals.


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Coenzyme Q10 [CoQ-10]

CoQ-10 is also called ubiquinone plays a crucial role in producing energy in cells and also acts as a powerful antioxidant. It is widely recommended to repair heart damage and to boost the function of the heart, as well as in preventative use to safeguard against heart attacks and valve damage. As an antioxidant, CoQ10 prevents cholesterol from being attacked. In very large doses of CoQ-10 [along with vitamin E] appeared to slow the progression of Parkinsons disease. CoQ-10 supplements may interact with medications; including some anti-clotting drugs and diabetes drugs.

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Pycogenols are found in pine bark extract and grape seed extract. Grape seed extract is thought to be the most powerful antioxidant supplement available today, containing OPC’s [Oligomeric proanthocyanidins]. OPC’s are 20 times more powerful than Vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E. They also assist the skin, by restoring and protecting both collagen and elastin. OPC’s also cross the brain barrier, as does ALA.

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Green Tea

Green Tea is made from leaves that are not fermented before they dry. It also contains OPC’s. Green tea also helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and is thought to have antimutagenic [anti-cancer] effects.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

ALA is the only antioxidant that is both fat and water soluble, meaning it can access all parts of the cell, to trap free radicals wherever they may be. It is also one of the few substances that can cross the blood/brain barrier. ALA supplementation causes increased levels of glutathione, which helps the body dispose of toxins. Glutathione protects the brain from free radical damage, and low levels of glutathione in the brain are associated with brain disorders such as stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. It also has strong immune support capabilities, being currently used in HIV treatments. And its benefits don’t stop here; ALA also helps in diabetes and fighting cancer.


Predominantly found in tomatoes, lycopene predominantly prevents prostate cancer and some other forms of cancer. Lycopene is deposited in the liver, lungs, prostate gland, colon and skin. Its oncentration in body tissues tends to be higher than all other carotenoids.


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