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30- May-2017

Why should you take an antioxidant supplement?*

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Antioxidants, a special class of natural micronutrients, protect our body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells and contribute to aging and diseases. Antioxidants pair with them and make them stable.

If your body does not getting adequate protection against free radicals, your body cells can malfunction. This can lead to tissue degradation and increase your risk of diseases. Antioxidants are natural micronutrients that fight free radicals. Antioxidants included in natural food content are Polyphenols, Carotenoids, Beta-Carotene, Lycopene, Vitamin A, selenium, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Natural plant foods that are high in antioxidants, are also rich in phytonutrients that act as antioxidants, including polyphenols found in grape seed extract; resveratrol found in red wine; catechins found in green tea; and curcumin found in turmeric. Additionally, our body also produces some of its own natural antioxidants, known as coenzyme Q10. Although antioxidants are widely present in food sources but supplementation is essential when our diet lacks it. Various researches establish the effects of dietary polyphenols on human health.

These are among the many benefits of taking antioxidants:

  • Slow the signs of aging and improve the health of skin, eyes, hair etc.
  • Help improve the internal health of body organs.
  • Help reduce the risk of cancer by fighting free radicals.
  • Protect against lifestyle diseases including diabetes and heart ailments.
  • Reduce the risk of vision disorders such as cataracts and night blindness.
  • Prevent oxidation of fats, a process that promotes widespread inflammation and can increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
  • Help relieve pain and discomfort of diabetic neuropathy.

The above points demonstrate the importance of antioxidant and their requirement in today’s life style. A high-quality antioxidant supplement has multiple health benefits. However, among the thousands of available antioxidant products, with varieties such as grape seed extract, vitamin E or C, biotin etc. how can one choose the best antioxidant supplement?

According to J Med Food, 2003, many scientific studies show that the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins in grape seed is 20 times greater than that in vitamin E and 50 times greater than that in vitamin C. Extensive research suggests that grape seed extract is beneficial in many areas of health because of its natural antioxidant effect to bond with collagen free radicals, promoting youthful skin, cell health, elasticity, and flexibility. Other studies have shown that proanthocyanidins help to protect the body from sun damage, to improve vision, to improve flexibility in joints, arteries, and body tissues such as the heart, and to improve blood circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries, and veins. Similarly, Jayaprakasha & Caillet, in a 2006 study confirm that grape seed extract has antioxidant and free radicals scavenging activity. Bagchi, 2010, also ratified that grape seed proanthocyanidin extract provided protection against free radicals in the in vitro free radicals scavenging assay and that this effect was better than vitamins C and E.

My personal recommendation is Grape Seed Extract by BestSource Nutrition for use as a natural supplement. Why I liked the Grape Seed Extract from BestSource Nutrition is because this uses a unique water based enzyme technology for extraction to maintain natural high quality Grape Seed Extract. With more studies that emerge on grape seed and its benefits, it becomes clearer they grape seed extract has enormous health benefits. Grape seeds improve flexibility in joints, arteries and body tissues such as the heart and colon. It also helps in improved blood circulation by strengthening the capillaries, arteries and veins. Grape Seed Extract is natural and has no side effects.

With its bunch of health properties, my personal advice is that everyone should incorporate Grape Seed Extract supplement in the diet to get maximum health benefits.

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