Why You Need Antioxidants and How to Get Them

October 18, 2017

Why You Need Antioxidants and How to Get Them


Many people are familiar with the term “antioxidant.” They understand that they’re beneficial to one’s health, but not clear on how. They may understand that antioxidants are nutrients, and even where they come from (vitamins E and C, as well as many other foods). Understanding exactly WHY you need antioxidants may help you be more committed to making sure you get them.

The basic fact is that antioxidants prevent slow oxidative damage, also called “oxidative stress.” When cells use oxygen, they generate free radicals which can cause cellular damage. Cells are made up of many molecules, and those molecules are joined by chemical bonds. Free radicals are unstable molecules that attack stable molecules to steal their electron. The attacked molecule, when it loses its electron, becomes unstable and a free radical itself. This creates a chain reaction and eventually can disrupt a living cell.

Antioxidants “hunt” free radicals and prevent them from doing damage. So, picture a war going on in your body where free radicals are attacking healthy, stable molecules. Antioxidants neutralize the warring free radicals by hunting them down and donating their own electrons to stabilize the free radicals. They step in and stop the chain reaction that was creating more free radicals.

So, by simply wearing a Nutri-Patch Antioxidant vitamin patch, you are helping defeat free radicals and protect the healthy cells in your body.

Signs of Oxidative Stress

Free radicals are necessary to a degree. It is when they get out of control that oxidative stress occurs. It also occurs when your immune system is fighting off bacteria or when your body is trying to detoxify pollutants (think cigarette smoke, pesticides etc.). Oxidative stress happens when we are emotionally stressed or physically exhausted. Symptoms you can look for include: fatigue, recurring headaches, memory loss, and a weakened immune system.

Other illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Anxiety, and cancer have also been associated with oxidative stress. Modern society and its pressures makes it nearly impossible to lead a stress free life, but there are also measures you can take to defend against oxidative stress.

Defending Yourself Against Oxidative Stress

Thankfully, modern science has not only given us insight into how free radicals work and the signs of oxidative stress, it has also given us the knowledge to fight back. Decreasing our exposure to stress and toxins is a first step in protecting our health. Here are steps you can take to reduce oxidative stress:

  1. Decrease your intake of sugar and other chemicals.
  2. Avoid processed foods.
  3. Buy organic foods to reduce your intake of pesticides.
  4. Reduce stress with yoga, meditation,or other methods that calm you.
  5. Eat smaller meals more often rather than large meals 3 times per day.
  6. Increase your intake of antioxidants.

One way to increase your intake of antioxidants is to change your diet. Your body produces glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, when you eat foods that trigger its production. They include Asparagus, Spinach, Tomatoes, Peaches, Walnuts, Garlic, Onion, Broccoli, Kale, and Avocados.

 

A second, powerful way to increase your antioxidant intake is supplements. By wearing our Antioxidant Vitamin Patch you can send Vitamin C, CoQ10, and NAC into your system.

 



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Latest News From Nutri-Patch

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The Super Supplement
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The Super Supplement

November 14, 2017

Studies have shown that Omega-3s can reduce the risk of heart disease, alleviate asthma symptoms, and aid in preventing everything from rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer’s and dementia. They are, literally, the superheroes of dietary nutrients...

Read More

Easing the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Easing the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

November 07, 2017

Two of the most common deficiencies discovered in patients with fibromyalgia are vitamins D and B12. Research suggests that a lack of vitamins can contribute to pain, anxiety, weakness, and exhaustion. For many, nutritional supplement therapy may be the key to reducing the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia and returning to a happy, active life...

Read More

Solving Your Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Solving Your Vitamin B12 Deficiency

October 24, 2017

If there is one vitamin that behaves almost like a “super-vitamin,” it is Vitamin B. It impacts our hair, skin, digestion, memory, energy level, and mood. Vitamin B12 is critical to helping your body produce DNA and red blood cells also supports your immune and nervous systems...

Read More

Get 20% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER!! Use code NP20%. See you soon!