Human bodyis designed in a way to fight anything that threatens it, whether the threat comesfrom outside or inside the body. Many pathogens can affect our health, but ifour immune system works as it should, we won’t get sick. In the same manner,our body is able to fight free radicals.
First ofall, free radicals are normally produced in everyone’s body. These are highlyreactive and very unstable oxygen molecules that are a byproduct of the oxidation processesin human body. Since we need nutrients for energy and oxidation is somethingthat happens regularly every day it is inevitable that there will be freeradicals in our body. We all possess antioxidant defense system, which shouldfight against free radicals, and components of this system can neutralize freeradicals to some extent. Precisely, these components can’t completely destroy freeradicals, but joining them they create less harmful molecules and protect ourorganism in this way.
If there isno effective antioxidant system in the body, free radicals can seriously affectthe body and all tissues, speeding the aging process up and also causing manydiseases. So far, scientists linked the damage caused by free radicals to heartdiseases, diabetes, arthritis, cataract and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’sdiseases. Cancer is also considered to be provoked by the harmful effects offree radicals.
What Is Antioxidant Network?
There havebeen many researches on antioxidants and some scientists identified 5 keyantioxidant substances needed to maintain perfectly healthy antioxidant defensesystem of the human body, sometimes even called “the antioxidant network”. Theseare: vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione, lipoic acid and Coenzyme Q10 (alsoknown as CoQ10). These substances work extremely effectively together,supporting and boosting one another and thus maintaining balanced antioxidantsystem. Any of the components can rejuvenate another of these substances andthe word scientists and doctors use to describe this behavior is “synergistically”.
According tosome claims, modern day diet doesn’t provide sufficient amounts of theseantioxidants and therefore people should use supplements. High qualitysupplements that contain above mentioned components can prevent many degenerativediseases or premature aging. Some even believe that cataract can be completely preventedand avoided if people were to use proper antioxidant supplements.
Be carefulwhen choosing supplements, because it is not enough to take only one of thecomponents of antioxidant network. As a matter of fact, using only one of thecomponents might bring more damage than good to your health. Also, it isimmensely important to use supplements that have been tested and pass highquality control.
One of thebest supplements on the market, advertised to contain all components fromantioxidant network contain: vitamin C from the Australian bush plum, vitaminE, green tea and grape pomace extracts, as well as quercetin. This product issaid to be 3 to even 10 times more effective than 90 other tested antioxidant products.