Antioxidant Supplements - Super Support - Avoiding Germs.
by: Bruce Brightman - founder, LifeSource Vitamins
Super Support – Avoiding Germs
Are you a germaphobe?
Do you avoid pushing buttons in the elevator and attempt to open doors with
your elbows? Do you hold your breath when a colleague at work coughs or
sneezes? If so, take heart, there is another way to live your life and protect
yourself against germs and resulting illnesses. There is something out there so
powerful and so wonderfully abundant and it is readily available to everyone.
The name of such an indispensable solution? Antioxidants!
Death to the Radicals:
Keeping disease at bay
Antioxidants are vitamins, nutrients and
minerals that can protect against "oxidative damage" and help repair
our cells. By now many of us have heard of “free radicals” and the havoc they
play on our healthy cells every day. They cause damage to cells and DNA which
can leave the body susceptible to disease. Researchers have long thought that
there is a correlation between cellular damage and diseases such as cancer and
heart disease, not to mention a compromising of the immune system as a result
of damaged cells, which can leave you vulnerable to illnesses like colds and
the flu. Although further studies are still being conducted to form concrete
conclusions about the links between antioxidants and disease, many believe that
by fortifying your body with high levels of antioxidants, you may prevent these
“free radicals” from pillaging your good health. 1
Eating away at you:
Rich Antioxidant Foods
Some stellar examples of antioxidant-enriched
food include vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, carrots, sweet potatoes, bell
peppers, seafood which can contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains,
berries, apples and an array of other fruits as well as many additional
sources. Eating a balanced diet full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and
fish (and some meat) can turn your body into a lean, mean free radical fighting
machine. The only trick is to stick with the healthy eating and couple it with
a steady amount of exercise. It takes some discipline, but this kind of
dedication to healthy living pays off big. The reward can be lessening your
risk of certain diseases like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancers and
hypertension to name a few. 2,3
Fast food culture:
What not to eat
Probably nothing is more counterproductive to
your healthy antioxidant pursuits than a trip to the local fast food joint
(unless you restrain yourself and order a salad-with minimal dressing.) It is
understandable that you won’t be able to eat a perfectly balanced diet replete
with fresh fruit and vegetables every single day. Fortunately, free
radical-fighting antioxidant enriched supplements are available. That way,
you’re always covered, even if you give in to the siren call of a cheeseburger
and large fries every once in a while.
The heart healthy supplement CoQ10 strengthens
the heart muscle, increases energy levels, gives a boost to the immune system
and slows the aging process among many other benefits. One of the better-known
antioxidant rich supplements is Omega-3.
Omega-3 promotes healthy cardiovascular function
while fortifying the body’s immune system, aiding brain and eye function and
decreasing risk of stroke and joint inflammation all with superior absorption.
So cough away Mr. Co-worker. You’re feeling
healthy and strong. En Garde!
1 American Dietetic Association. "What is an
September 14, 2006.
2 "Dietary intake of antioxidants and risk of Alzheimer's
disease." M. Engelhart, M. Geerlings, A. Ruitenberg, et al., JAMA , 2002,
3 "Dietary intake of antioxidant nutrients and risk of incident
Alzheimer's disease in a biracial community study." M. Morris, D. Evans,
J. Bienias, et al., JAMA , 2002, vol. 287, pp. 3230--3237
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