According to the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc magazine, the body is under constant attack from oxidizing agents. These include the notorious free radicals, but also many other molecules that either come from the environment or a person’s metabolism.The result of oxidation is damage to tissue, cellular DNA, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. Of course the body has it’s own antioxidant system, including superoxide dismutase, glutathione and others. It’s intrinsic antioxidant system weakens with age and should be augmented through diet.
There are many different kinds of dietary antioxidants available and most of them have been well-studied in laboratories. Because there are many kinds of oxidizing agents in the body, this is not a one-size-fits-all situation so it is no good just eating blueberries or acai just because it is the latest fad written up in glamour magazines by reporters who know next to nothing about cosmetic chemistry nor the chemistry of the body. It is best to take a variety of antioxidants that have different specialities. Most of these belong to the group of natural chemicals called polyphenols (like green and white tea, pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry, acai, grape, goji, mangosteen, and resveratrol from grapes).
Because oxidation is one of the most severe causes of premature aging, a good mix of antioxidants makes for great defense, contributing to an ‘anti-aging’ program and helping maintain the beauty of youth. Topical antioxidants are important for your home care regimen as we age. I would recommend them for anyone over 30. For more information on antioxidants see the video ‘Antioxidants: Why?’
Always check with your physician before adding new herbs or supplements to your diet. The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions.