May 27, 2016
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We are not defenseless against the onslaught of free radicals. There is a marvelous, wonderful intricate complexity of our antioxidant defense system.  We actually have our own army of antioxidants, which are able to neutralize free radicals. An antioxidant is any substance that has an ability to give up an electron, which neutralizes the free radical. Our body can create some of its own antioxidants and these are mainly superoxide dismutase, catalase and gluthathione peroxidase, the names are not so important rather what important is to know that we do have natural antioxidant defense system. But our body does not produce all antioxidants that we need and they must come from the food and food and nutritional supplementation. If the adequate amounts of antioxidants are available for the amounts of free radicals produced, there will be no damage to our bodies, but if more free radicals are produced than the antioxidants available, oxidative stress occurs and leads to chronic degenerative diseases. Balance is the key. In order for our bodies to win, we must keep the balance of offensive and defensive side equally matched; we must have more antioxidants in our bodies than free radicals. The most common antioxidants are vitamins A, C & E (ACE) along with beta carotene. There are numerous antioxidants we can get from our food that includes coenzyme Q10, alphalipoic acid and the colorful bioflavonoid antioxidants. These antioxidants work in synergy with one another to disarm free radicals in different areas of the body. Each antioxidant has specific roles. Some antioxidants have the ability to regenerate other antioxidants, like vitamin C is water soluble and is therefore the best antioxidant to target free radicals within the blood and plasma.  Vitamin E  is fat soluble and is the best antioxidant within the cell membrane.  Glutathione is the best antioxidant within the cell itself. Alpha-lipoic acid works within the cell membrane and the plasma. Vitamin C & alpha-lipoic acid have the ability to regenerate Vitamin E & Glutathione so they can be used again. The more antioxidants we have, the better, our goal is to have more than enough antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals we produce.