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Where to find your Antioxidants

Protect yourself with antioxidants

– Dr James Liddell


What are Oxidants (free radicals)?

A free radical is an oxygen molecule that becomes unstable and causes oxidation of other molecules due to smoking, exhaust fumes, radiation, frying, barbecues and normal body processes. This can lead to celular damage that triggers inflammation, cancer, arterial damage and ageing. Free radicals are linked with as many as 60 diseases and it is imperative that these oxidants be neutralised and removed.

Antioxidants are the solution as they inhibit oxidation (free radicals) and prevent cellular damage.

What do antioxidants do?

Antioxidants are a group of molecules that disarm harmful toxins. They inhibit oxidation (free radicals) and antioxidants that are produced by the body are Glutathione, Alpha-Lipoic (ALA) and CoQ10 and yet others come from other sources of food and/or supplements such as Resveratrol, Carotenoids (Carotenes and Xanthophylls), Astaxanthin (marine carotenoid), Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

The Benefits of Antioxidants

  • Boost your immune system
  • Anti-allergy
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Increase fertility
  • Protect the body against cancer, parkinson’s, alzheimer’s cataracts and arthrosclerosis
  • Repair and protect damaged molecules like your DNA
  • Chelate heavy metals
  • Stimulate the body’s own genes
  • More energy

Why is it important to know your levels of antioxidants in your body?

To stay free from disease there should be a balance between your intake of harmful free radicals (oxidants) and your intake of protective antioxidants. Early signs of an antioxidant imbalance are frequent infections (flu and colds), difficulty to shift infection, easy bruising, slow healing, thinner skin or excessive wrinkles for your age.

* see end of article for how to check your antioxidant level

The value of fruit and vegetables in health

Plants provide salvestrols which ward off cancer, sirtuin activators that help burn fat, as well as antioxidants and polyphenols reduce inflammation and disease risk.

  • Olives
  • Blueberries
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Avocado
  • Apples
  • Beetroot
  • Cherries

Lifestyle changes can maximise your antioxidant intake

  1. Eliminate sugar and high GI carbohydrates from your diet
  2. Exercise
  3. Stress management
  4. Stop and/or avoid smoking
  5. Adequate sleep at night
  6. Connect with Mother Earth

How to check your antioxidant level

The Pharmanex Biophotonic Scanner is an excellent option to check your antioxidant status. The scan uses your hand and takes less than 1 minute.

Book a nutritional test which includes the biophotonic scan to find out your nutritional status.

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