Aging Gracefully with Antioxidants
The problem with ageing isn’t getting older. The problem is being too short of breath to blow out all those birthday candles as the years mount. With each passing year, an ever-larger assemblage of age-related diseases seems to pursue the ageing customers who frequent health stores, each malady groaning and dragging its chains like a spectre. This macabre cast includes heart disease, chronic infection, stroke, cancer, cataracts, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.
How can you bring on the birthday candles but spare yourself from such ailments? There are only two answers – good genes and healthy living. No one can control the former, but it is possible to affect the latter. Living well includes getting enough relaxation, exercise, community spirit and nutritious foods. It also includes taking herbal supplements.
Antioxidants are agents that disable havoc-wreaking molecules called free radicals. The body generates free radicals as by-products of burning fuel for energy within the cells, exercising, and fending off infections. Various environmental exposures such as pollution, tobacco smoke, the sun’s ultraviolet light and radiation can also create free radicals.
Take breathing. Without the complication of air pollution, the life-giving oxygen we inhale goes to cells to help burn food for energy. In the process, some oxygen molecules lose an electron. Molecules containing electron-deficient oxygen are free radicals. These free radicals stabilise themselves by capturing an electron from any substance in their path, damaging it in the process. This process, called oxidative damage, underlies many chronic illnesses.
Oxidative damage to low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, for example, increases the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Oxidation of DNA can cause mutations that lead to cancer. If antioxidants don’t mop up free radicals, the damage accumulates and fast-forwards ageing and disease. Add in stresses such as infection and air pollution, and the body may not be able to supply enough antioxidants to staunch free radical damage.
How can you ensure that you are getting enough antioxidants in your diet? First of all, you should eat a lot of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, many of us don’t eat enough of these foods. And it’s not just what you eat, but how the food is prepared. For example, you get more beta-carotene from eating raw carrots, than cooked carrots.
A second questions is, can you get all the antioxidants you need from food alone? That depends on each person’s oxidative load. For many people, herbal supplements are an important part of an overall health program, along with eating antioxidant-rich foods and avoiding free radical generating stresses.
Because free radical damage accumulates with age, you should start supplementing with antioxidants early to achieve long-term benefits. Think of antioxidants as weapons for combatting free radicals. By preventing free radical induced damage, you may live, not just longer, but healthier lives. Who knows, you may remain robust enough to blow out 100 birthday candles.alone? That depends on each person’s oxidative load. For many people, herbal supplements are an important part of an overall health program, along with eating antioxidant-rich foods and avoiding free radical generating stresses.
Because free radical damage accumulates with age, you should start supplementing with antioxidants early to achieve long-term benefits. Think of antioxidants as weapons for combatting free radicals. By preventing free radical induced damage, you may live, not just longer, but healthier lives. Who knows, you may remain robust enough to blow out 100 birthday candles.
A complex of green tea and olive leaf acts as an effective antioxidant which may protect against cancer. The antioxidant formula by Greenwood Laboratories is a rich source of very potent free radical scavenging polyphenols helping stimulate the immune system, regulate blood sugar and insulin and stabilise blood pressure. This antioxidant is also helpful in combatting mental and chronic fatigue. In addition to the antioxidant properties of this formula it also has powerful anti-microbial properties, protecting against harmful bacteria and viruses.
Green Tea 3850mg
Olive Leaf 5850mg
Antioxidants are natural compounds that help protect the body from harmful free radicals. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that can cause damage to cells, impairing the immune system leading to infections and various degenerative diseases.
Mode of Action
The combined action of these herbs are as follows:
Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) contains compounds knows as polyphenols, including phytochemicals that have antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral and health enhancing properties. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) a particular type of polyphenol in green tea, has shown that it is able to penetrate the body’s cells and shield DNA from potent free radicals.
Phytochemicals: Apigenin, astragalin, benzaldehyde, beta-carotene, beta-ionone, beta-sitosterol, caffeic acid, caffeine, carvacrol, catechins, chlorogenic acid, cinnamic acid, cryptoxanthin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, eugenol, farnesol, gallic acid, geraniol, hyperoside, indole, isoquercitrin, kaempferol, lutein, lycopene, myrecene, myriceting, myristic acid, naringenin, polyp0henols, procyanidins, quercetin, quercitrin, rutin, salicylic acid, tannic acid, thymol, vitexin, zeaxanthin.
Nutrients: Amino acids, calcium iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassioum, zinc.
Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5 and C.
Olive Leaf’s (Olea Europa) active compound oleuropein has powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Phenolic compounds found in olive leaf have long been known to exert antioxidant/free radical scavenging properties.
Phytochemicals: Apigenin, beta-sitosterol glucoside, cinchonidine, esculetin, kaempferol, luteolin, mannitol, maslinic acid, oleanic acid, oleuropein, quercetin, rutin, tannins.
Protection against free radical damage
Contraindications and Cautions
May cause sleeplessness in those sensitive to caffeine.
Dosage and administration
For preventative measures: 10 drops in a little water or juice 2-3 times daily.
For combating illness: 20-30 drops in a little water or juice 3-4 times daily.
Children under 12 half adult dosage