What are Antioxidants, and Why should I take them?

Aquasource Super Antioxidant

Super Antioxidant with Pycnogenol

The simple answer is this. Oxidation is a natural process which occurs in the body all the time. Oxidation processes are essential for life, but they produce free radicals which, when they are present to excess in the body, can cause a number of problems.

Damage by free radicals can quite literally change our DNA, by causing low density circulating lipoprotein (LDL, often referred to as bad cholesterol) molecules to more likely become trapped in artery walls. Furthermore, free radical damage can cause changes to a cell’s membrane. Changing the membrane changes the function and alters the flow of what can enter and exit the cell.

Therefore free radicals are associated with health problems.  Free radicals can cause chain reactions in cells, which can lead to mutation or death of the cell.

Antioxidants stop these chain reactions by absorbing free radicals. They also help to inhibit further oxidizing processes, by being oxidized themselves.

Naturally, the body is far from defenceless against damage from free radicals. Enzymes produced by the body produce molecules which quench free radicals. The body also extracts antioxidants from food, which help to deal with free radicals. The only problem nowadays is that many of the foods commonly eaten are not as rich in antioxidants as we need, plus modern lifestyles  tend to lead to our bodies being subjected to much higher levels of free radicals.

The AquaSource product, Super Antioxidant with Pycnogenol(R), contains (as you would expect from AquaSource) a number of the most effective antioxidants available, from a number  of high quality and highly absorbable natural sources.

  • Wheat sprouts are high in vitamins and minerals, as well as being phytochemically rich and enzyme active. They are an excellent source of vitamins C and E.
  • AquaSource Blue Green Algae is a natural form of highly concentrated antioxidant, with many additional benefits.
  • Pycnogenol is a remarkable substance, derived from the bark of the French maritime pine tree. Pycnogenol is believed to be of benefit in treating or preventing a number of conditions, which will be covered separately in other blog articles on this site, www.blueandgreenalgae.com.  Pycnogenol contributes to overall health, and slows the ageing process.
  • Dunaliella Salina Algae is a type of halophile green micro-algae especially found in sea salt fields and is known for its antioxidant activity because of its ability to create large amounts of carotenoids. Few organisms can survive in such highly saline conditions as salt evaporation ponds. To survive, these organisms have high concentrations of beta-carotene to protect against the intense light, and high concentrations of glycerol to provide protection against osmotic pressure.
  • Bilberry Extracts are also worthy of special mention, in addition to containing flavonoids, which are antioxidants, bilberries are also thought to protect the eyes from degenerating with age.
  • AquaSource Super Antioxidant with Pycnogenol also contains Green Tea and Natural Vitamin E, both great sources of natural antioxidants.

So why would you want to take antioxidants?

Well, the life we live today leaves us increasingly exposed to oxidants and the possible damage which may result. Many lifestyle factors such as stress, drinking alcohol, smoking and poor diet, can all contribute to a build up of oxidative stress in the body, which can lead to illness.

But even if you have no particular lifestyle factors which would cause you to fear a problem here, it’s still the case that simply living in the modern world will expose you to oxidation however clean a life you live.  So a well designed antioxidant complex, such as AquaSource Super Antioxidant, is of benefit to most people, and especially for the elderly, those who are outdoors a lot (free radicals can be caused by exposure to the sun), those who live in cities (free radicals can be caused by pollution).

Super Antioxidant with Pycnogenol

Super Antioxidant with Pycnogenol

Other groups which may benefit from Super Antioxidant are those on a limited food intake, or athletes. Pycnogenol is believed to be immensely beneficial to improve athletic stamina.

Overall, Super Antioxidant with Pycnogenol is a great all round product, which can be taken by any adult to contribute to greater overall health, and help to combat the negative effects of stress, pollution, and modern day living.

Taking Super Antioxidant every day is immensely beneficial to most people, and even greater benefit can be gained if it is combined with AquaSource Fatty Acid Complex and AquaSource Colostrum.

Adapted from AquaSource newsletter, July 2013.