You’ve probably heard a lot about antioxidants and antiaging and how they go hand in hand – like bread and butter.
Antioxidants are the in-vogue nutrients of this decade and so they should be.
Antiaging by the way should really be thought of as ‘slowing your aging process’. Perhaps the best way to describe it would be as ‘the normalization of aging’.
Due to the negative demands of 21st century life - particularly the poor nutritional choices we all so often make - we are all aging prematurely!
Considerably FASTER than what mother nature intended!
The key to antiaging = 'antioxidants'! These wondrous chemicals truly lie at the heart of all antiaging programs!
Here are the simplified, and easy to understand, basics of antioxidants and antiaging.
Firstly, we need to understand and discuss 'free radicals' – these are the nasty guys – really nasty. The majority of the scientific community considers free radicals as the major cause of aging and disease.
Free radicals are unstable molecules which damage your cells and DNA - this can lead to major disease like cancer. They are a natural by-product of chemical processes in your body (i.e. when your body uses oxygen) so they have to be there - but that’s where antioxidants come in.
They keep the free radical population under control – by scavenging them and counteracting their harmful effects. Your body manufactures its own antioxidants to ensure this happens.
But here’s the problem - due to the way we live; the state of our food supply; and the way we eat, we are producing more and more free radicals than what should be there. Our bodies can’t manufacture enough antioxidants to cope.
The rate of free radical production is increased by our stressful and unhealthy lifestyles – by constant exposure to stressors both dietary and environmental. Even regular exercise – while producing many positive health benefits - also causes an increased production of free radicals.
Almost daily we encounter toxins, additives, hydrogenated oils, emulsifiers, flavorings, preservatives, artificial colorants, and goodness knows what other contaminants – as well as frequent contact with pharmaceutical drugs and products.
Therefore we have to help our bodies out by taking in a tonne of potent antioxidants either through diet or supplements – or both.
You need a wide range of antioxidants because there are different types – some with far more potent antioxidant activity than others - and different antioxidant reactions take part in different areas of your body.
So you need to eat a wide range of colorful fruits and (predominantly raw) veggies every day to get your wide range of antioxidants – these will cancel out all those additional free radicals racing around inside you. That’s why nutritionists are always telling us to eat our 5 + 5 servings of fruit and veggies each day.
For more information on antioxidant values in food please follow this link. (Opens a PDF file)
Premature aging can be prevented, and you can live a higher quality and longer life without age-related diseases. Antioxidants are your key! Your cells need to stay healthy, with a continuous supply of antioxidant rich nutrients and the continual removal of waste and toxins.
While antioxidants for antiaging benefits are definitely the key to normalizing your aging process - they are not the only factor you need to consider.
Dr. Hans J. Kugler, a well known anti-aging biochemist, lists the major factors important to your body's cells as:
All stuff you already knew right!
These factors, when manipulated correctly, can lead you to live significantly longer and in excellent health. Scientific evidence suggests that a human, aging at a natural rate as per what out biological makeup intended, will have a maximum lifespan of 120 years with good health.
Life expectancy is now somewhere around the late seventies for most western countries!!
“We have all heard stories about long lived races, ranging from people in some isolated parts of Russia; the Hunza's in the Himalayas, certain Indian tribes in Ecuador and more lately the Okinawans in the outlying islands of Japan.
Active and healthy people in excess of 100 years of age are not uncommon in these communities. People who are 70 and 80 are not considered to be old, and most of them carry on working in the fields until they eventually die. They are generally free of disease, physically and sexually active into very old age with all their mental faculties intact.
These people do actually die of old age, whereas death by old age is a rare occurrence in western society.” (1)
Research has shown that dietary intakes with differing amounts of specific vitamins; minerals; and phytonutrients - rich in antioxidants for antiaging properties; have had beneficial effects on cellular stress and organ degeneration.
So on the issue of antioxidants and antiaging we need to discuss the major implication of people’s average diet!
Biologically we have evolved to rely on significant amounts of antioxidants from vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds BUT most people today have absolutely terrible (nutrient deficient) diets containing totally inadequate amounts of these four critical foods! If this includes you then your antioxidants antiaging quest is bound to fail.
Not only will you not achieve the antiaging benefits you’re after but more importantly the increased level of free radical production in your body, along with nutrient imbalances from a lack of micro-nutrients AND dangerous weight-gain from fibreless high calorie/low nutrient foods, will place you at significantly increased risk for chronic disease such as:
and so on.
That’s why a professional grade, science-based multi nutrient anti aging supplement should be a part of your nutritional support program!
Considering the times we live in, anti aging supplements should be recognized as an important factor in the fight to normalize the aging process - that's primarily because people refuse to change their dietary habits! The 'nutritional facts' are all around us but by and large people won't change. Taste is more important than eating for health - but of course it needs to be the other way around in order to maximize health!
Providing you regularly use a sophisticated antioxidant antiaging supplement containing a wide range of the most potent antioxidants then the level of free radicals in your body will remain under control.
Even if you have a good diet you should consider an antioxidant antiaging supplement because it’s near impossible to eat enough fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds every day to negate negative environmental stressors on your body. The more antioxidants you take in the better! Virtually everyone of us takes in nowhere near enough antioxidants to disease-proof our bodies against 21st century living.
Traditional antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E have been well known for many years but scientific research now tells us that certain antioxidants - particularly plant pigments/compounds called carotenoids and flavonoids (Phytonutrients) - are up to hundreds of times more powerful.
It’s very important that any antiaging product you use contains these phytonutrients in generous amounts and with high potencies.
Note: Always check carefully the potencies of phytonutrients and herbal extracts when comparing supplements. This is a key point in determining the best value for money and the strongest health benefits.
Research shows that the most potent antioxidants for antiaging include:
(Carotenoid and Flavonoid sources are marked with an *)
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Virtually all are in high potencies and GENEROUS dose amounts.
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Xtend-Your-Life newsletter. Issue 2nd April 2003. Xtend-Life website