Antioxidants: Prevention Against Aging?

Besides being a defense against diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and other major maladies, scientists have now been posing this question: Are antioxidants prevention against aging? Lets take a look and see whats new in the world of antioxidants in foods as well as in dry and liquid supplements.

Antioxidants slow down the oxidation process of other cells. This, in turn, prevents the production of substances known as free radicals, which wreck havoc on the body’s cells including those of DNA. When DNA cells become damaged, a Pandoras box of health problems can result.

For people suffering from the joint pain of rheumatoid arthritis, the devastating effects of cancer, the debilitating results of heart disease, or for those seeking to maintain their youthfulness and to feel as young as possible for as long as possible, antioxidants may hold an important key.

Antioxidants found nutritionally include the following: Vitamins A, C, and E; selenium; coenzyme Q10; melatonin; bioflavonoids; some food additives (such as pectin); and naturally occurring, body-produced enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, and catalase. Carotenoids, a pigment found in many fruits and vegetables, also offers antioxidant properties that help win the war in the battle against free radicals.

Foods that contain antioxidant properties are many: citrus fruits; green, leafy vegetables; potatoes; whole-grain breads; fish and vegetable oils; cantaloupe; peaches; tomatoes; fish; eggs; chicken; and garlic make up just a few.

Dry and liquid supplements to the body’s naturally produced antioxidant enzymes are available, but one problem exists: Despite the availability of these enzymes, our bodies ability to absorb them is minimal. To facilitate absorption, experts recommend taking the minerals manganese, zinc, copper, and selenium to enable the effectiveness of these enzymes.

Though not a reality now, it may be possible someday to eradicate the effects of aging and its consequences heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer with antioxidants Mother Nature has provided and upon which scientists have improved. But for now, at least headway has been made. We may not have won the war, but were getting closer to winning the individual battles every single day.