Antioxidants: Are they your best friend in slowing down ageing
15 Oct 2016
Inside your body, there is an army of antioxidants protecting you from the forces of nature. These internal and external forces are the direct cause of ageing and disease. It, therefore, stands to reason that we would be huge fans of supplementing your diet and lifestyle with a wealth of antioxidants.
What are these antioxidant things?
Antioxidants are your bodies invisible army, they are constantly fighting off illness, disease, and ageing. They are found in your food and in our modern world definitely, need to be supplemented too. By simply investigating the power of these little molecules you will soon understand why everything you consume should have antioxidants in it.
What are free radicals and how do antioxidants help?
Unless you are living on a desert island far from any kind of civilisation, eating raw food, breathing unpolluted air, and practising mindfulness you will be a victim. We are subjected on a daily basis to UV rays, pollution, processed foods and even your own body produces stress hormones and toxic chemical reactions. It is these toxins which weaken the body at a cellular level causing destruction often resulting in illness.
Free radicals in your damage cell DNA, raising the risk of cancers and accelerating the ageing of the organs and the skin. It can be said that free radicals will damage any cells that get in their way.
As a result, we need to recruit the help of the nutrient police. By simply incorporating healthy food choices into your lifestyle and supplementing as much as possible, you will see great changes. Antioxidants do more than rescue cells in distress, they include specific targets for instance Isothiocyanates, found in broccoli targets pollutants like nicotine and smog and help prevent them from causing cancer. Vitamin C blocks the uncontrolled cell division that leads to tumours. Selenium fires up the genes needed to break down carcinogens. In other words, they protect your body from the inside out.
What is the solution?
Unfortunately, no matter how much hard work these little fighters put in, internally produced antioxidants can’t battle all the free radicals flying around. It is therefore super important to eat fresh and healthy food. Visit your health care professional, have your blood tested and get the supplements your body needs.
Every day scientists are coming up with new and better ways to stave off the effects of free radicals. You can, however, make a difference by protecting your skin from the outside too. Here are a few of our favourites.
Anti-Up Your Skin Care
Beat those free radicals from the outside with antioxidant-rich products. Topical antioxidants block free radicals in the environment and keep them from penetrating deeper into the skin. Ingestible products fight from the inside out.