Our bodies may naturally generate free radicals during metabolic processes, but free radicals can also be found in the environment through harmful substances and carcinogens; for example, UV exposure, cigarette smoke, or pollution. The damage from free radicals may result in accelerated aging and can even play a role in developing cancer and other diseases.
Antioxidants are substances that protect the body from free radicals by helping our bodies neutralize them. They can be naturally or artificially sourced, and come in hundreds to thousands of different types. Although all antioxidants protect against oxidative stress and therefore, free radicals, the different types are not interchangeable as they are each unique. Because of this, it is recommended to include a daily diet consisting of a variety of different antioxidant types.
Types of Antioxidants
Include, but are not limited to:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Lipoic Acid
Antioxidant Elite by ProFormulations was designed to help support daily health, wellness and anti-inflammatory activity in the body.
Ingredients in Depth:
- Curcumin is a potent lipid soluble antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals due to its chemical structure containing lots of reactive oxygen species (ROS).
- N-Acetyl Cysteine, also known as NAC, is a commonly used antioxidant that is broadly effective despite its limited reactive oxygen species (ROS) reactivity. Studies have shown that it can help replenish glutathione levels in the lungs and reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes and lung tissue.
- Green Tea is not processed much before being served as tea, so the tea leaves are rich in catechins, which are antioxidants that can fight and may even prevent cell damage.
- Reservatol is a type of natural phenol that can be derived from grape skins, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries, or peanuts. Numerous studies have demonstrated that resveratrol possesses a very high antioxidant potential as a natural food ingredient.
- Ginger Root contains a very high level (3.85 mmol/100 g) of total antioxidants, surpassed only by pomegranate and some types of berries.
- The active ingredient in Milk Thistle, silymarin, has been shown to reduce free radical production.
- Ginkgo Biloba is composed mostly of flavonoids, which are the most common type of polyphenolic compound found in the human diet. Flavonoids exhibit antioxidant properties such as anti-inflammatory, antithrombogenic, antidiabetic, anticancer, and neuroprotective activities.
- Bilberry and blueberry anthocyanins are proven powerful intracellular antioxidants in mammalian cells.
- Lutein is found in high amounts in leafy greens and orange-yellow vegetables. Lutein possesses higher antioxidant properties than other carotenoids.
- Astaxanthinis a red pigment that belongs to a group of chemicals called carotenoids. It occurs in certain algae and causes the pink-red color in salmon.