Can Antioxidants Fight Aging?

Aug 29th 2018 Posted by MDR

Antioxidant supplementation has been shown in many studies to be a preventive and therapeutic intervention for aging-associated pathologies. Reducing free radical damage to cells has been shown to benefit the heart, brain, immune system and joints. Antioxidants at relatively low concentrations are able to counteract cell damage, thus protecting physiological targets such as lipids, DNA and proteins. Dr. Denham Harman proposed the Free Radical Theory of Aging back in 1956 and since then science tried to simplify the aging process by hoping one antioxidant like Vitamin C or E might be the fountain of youth. This has not been the case, but studies over the years have found remarkable benefits from antioxidants.

It stands to reason these compounds can be protective. Your body is under “oxidative stress” and the situation can be made worse with poor diet, illness, medications, stress, smoking, physical exercise and the aging process itself. In many cases antioxidants, whether from diet or supplements, can shift the cellular environment to a more healthy state with less inflammation.

The heart and brain are especially vulnerable to oxidation and this is one reason for the high rate of neurological and cardiovascular problems seen with aging.

Much research shows an inverse correlation between antioxidant status and the onset of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neurological disorders.

Some commonly known antioxidant nutrients like Vitamin C work in multiple ways to preserve health. For example Vitamin C helps counteract endothelial dysfunction by promoting circulatory health.

Resveratrol is another example of a powerful antioxidant, first isolated from red wine. Ingestion helps metabolism, and has been shown to decrease inflammation and blood lipids, and improve cardiovascular function and physical capacity.

Curcumin, long known for culinary curry, once ingested is metabolized into the active metabolite tetrahydrocurcumin, a strong therapeutic and pharmacological molecule shown to be a powerful antioxidant. Research has shown it has antimutagenic, antiprotozoal and antibacterial properties and supports healthy immunity. Scientists have found it positively affects arterial endothelial function and is neuroprotective. This may be one reason the rate of Alzheimer’s is so low in India, where it is readily obtained in the daily diet.

Olive Oil, Green Tea, Grape Seed, Pine Bark, Lycopene, and Lutein and many other natural food based compounds have been found to exert powerful antioxidant benefits and support health in a plethora of ways. By eating a healthy Mediterranean, Indian, or Asian type of diet (rich in plant based colorful fruits, vegetables and spices) you will naturally increase your intake of protective antioxidants. Supplementation can also be beneficial. But, for those only taking traditional multi-vitamins, the benefits of these food based antioxidants are being missed. For this reason, MDR developed a comprehensive formula called Longevity Antioxidants which provides many powerful antioxidants to boost your healthy longevity. Over 25 antioxidants fight "oxidative aging" inside and out. The MDR Longevity Antioxidant Duo provides both an internal nutritional supplement, and external skin moisturizing lotion for daily use. You should notice more radiant youthful skin and an increase in overall wellness.

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