There’s a war going inside your body. It’s the war against oxidative stress. Free radicals are the enemies and antioxidants are the soldiers on the front line. They protect your body by neutralizing free radicals that attack from all fronts including internal and external sources such as visceral fat, poor diet, smoke, sun exposure, and pollution.
Just as different soldiers have specialized skills in war (think pilots, medics, or tank drivers), antioxidants also have various roles in which they can provide protection. Together, they can counterattack oxidative stress and support overall health.
Essential antioxidant vitamins include vitamins C, E, and A, but there are also several other kinds of antioxidants found in plants, including vegetables, spices, and herbs. Different antioxidants work in different locations in the body and even in different locations within cells.
For example, CoQ10 is an important antioxidant that works in the mitochondria (aka the energy-producing organelles within cells) and is especially concentrated in the heart, kidneys, and brain. CoQ10 is also important for muscle function (1).
Other antioxidants are specific compounds powerful enough to boost the production or efficiency of enzymes in the body that target oxidative stress (2-3). These enzymes—including glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, and catalase—are the workhorses for battling internal and external toxins, protecting your DNA, and keeping your immune system healthy.
The solution to optimal health is a variety of antioxidants so your body has a diverse and skilled army. Isagenix offers a variety of antioxidant-rich products to choose from and that work in synergy to fight the continuous war against oxidative stress. These include Ageless Essentials Daily Pack with Product B, Ionix Supreme, Isagenix Greens, and IsaFruits.
- Gökbel H et al. The effects of coenzyme Q10 supplementation on performance during repeated bouts of supramaximal exercise in sedentary men. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jan;24(1):97-102.
- Savory LA, kerr CJ, Whiting P, Finer N, McEneny J, Ashton T. Selenium supplementation and exercise: effect on oxidative stress in overweight adults. Obesity 2011 May 19. [Epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1038/oby.2011.83
- Sekhar RV, et al. Deficient synthesis of glutathione underlies oxidative stress in aging and can be corrected by dietary cysteine and glycine supplementation. Amer J Clin Nutr 2011. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.110.003483
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