Fight Free Radicals With Antioxidants

Antioxidants are nutrients that support healthy cells by helping neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals can result from a variety of causes such as normal metabolic reactions in the body, cigarette smoke, pollution and sun exposure. If free radical activity is left uncontrolled, then the health of the body can suffer. Thus, it is beneficial to consume antioxidant nutrients through your diet to help neutralize free radicals and support overall health.

Heart Function
Antioxidant nutrients like vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) play an important role in overall health. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and essential nutrient for many cells, including heart muscle cells. CoQ10 is another nutrient with antioxidant properties and helps support heart function.† CoQ10 has a synergistic effect with vitamin E by regenerating the antioxidant ability of vitamin E, so CoQ10 and vitamin E are often recommended to be taken together.

Heart healthy antioxidant compounds can also be found in common foods and beverages such as green tea. Tea contains flavonoids that offer antioxidant properties to support healthy cells.

Eye Health
Carotenoids like beta-carotene and vitamin A , vitamin C, and zinc, are important for supporting overall health and may also have antioxidant properties. Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids that occur naturally in foods or can be taken in supplement form. They are stored in the macula of the eye and play an important role in eye health.

Healthy Skin
While age and genetics define some skin issues, there are some steps to take to help skin maintain its elasticity and tone. Skin is built of collagen, a strong connective tissue that helps skin look firm. As we age, the collagen breaks down because of oxidation caused by free radicals. Free radicals are formed in the body constantly, and when left uncontrolled can have damaging effects for our body and our skin. The accumulation of environmental exposure to free radicals from UV radiation, cigarette smoke, pollution, etc., plus the internal oxidation and breakdown of collagen that occurs with age, can cause skin to lose its tone and glow.

It is clear that antioxidant nutrients are an important part of one’s general diet, and support overall health. Talk to your primary health care provider about how you can incorporate more antioxidant compounds through your diet and/or supplement program.

Now we know how important antioxidants are to our overall health! There are many antioxidants to choose from, however, it is important to consume as many antioxidant-rich foods as possible through the foods you eat. Eating the recommended 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day may be a challenge for most of us, so that is where supplementation comes in to play. Nature Made® offers a wide variety of antioxidant supplements that includes vitamins (such as vitamin C and E), as well as other supplements such as Turmeric Curcumin and Astaxanthin. Talk to your doctor or health care professional about your health goals and to help decide which combination of antioxidants may be right for you.