Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Not all Antioxidants are Created Equal!


The growing numbers of health conscious people today living more vibrant lives owe much to the efforts and research of certain pioneers who braved ridicule, for without them, many of us now wouldn't be aware of the general benefits of taking antioxidant supplements.

To take a particular notable example, great scientist and humanitarian Linus Pauling (the only man to win 2 unshared Nobel Prizes, one in Chemistry and one for Peace) urged people to supplement with Vitamin C after he became convinced of its myriad of benefits. Pauling personally used Vitamin C for the last three decades of his life, lived to the ripe old age of 93, and was instrumental in helping this vitamin become as popular as it is now.

Although we should remain forever grateful to luminaries like Pauling, we must continue to embrace advances in our collective knowledge.

While health conscious people now know what an antioxidant supplement is, and how it protects cells in the body from becoming the victim of widespread free radical damage, many of us still don't realize that there are wide variations in the potency and efficacy of antioxidants. In short, not all antioxidants are created equal!

Common vitamins like C and E have, in recent years, been shown to have very weak antioxidant properties compared to other substances.

For instance, researchers have discovered that green tea extract is an antioxidant a hundred times more powerful than Vitamin C, and over twenty times more so than Vitamin E! Current studies are showing that green tea may be beneficial in stopping certain types of cancers.

Did you know that grape seed extract is one of the few antioxidants that can cross the blood-brain barrier, and, hence, also protect brain cells from free radical damage?

If you want to get more efficacy out of your Vitamin C and E, research has shown that alpha-lipoic acid (a potent antioxidant supplement in its own right), can help "recycle" C and E, enhancing and prolonging their benefits. Moreover, alpha-lipoic acid is now being studied for its potential beneficial effects on such debilitating health conditions as: diabetes, cataracts, heart disease, and Alzheimer's.

Have you heard about the so-called "paradox of the French?" This saying refers to the "puzzling" phenomenon that French people eat a great deal of fatty foods, smoke cigarettes, yet still suffer lower rates of cardiovascular disease than we do here in the Western world.

Some experts attribute this to the fact that the French consume a lot more wine than we do. Wine, in particular red wine, has been shown to contain a special antioxidant known as resveratrol. Besides its potent antioxidant supplement properties, resvertatrol has now been shown to help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, and has even shown a great deal of preliminary promise in stopping the progression of cancer.

As a last example, research has revealed that N- Acetylcysteine is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to fortify the body by protecting it against various toxins -- toxins such as chemicals and byproducts found in such things as cigarette smoke and herbicides. It may also improve immune function and retard aging.

If you haven't heard of some of these antioxidant supplements, don't be surprised. The big money from the pharmaceutical companies have a strong incentive to suppress this kind of information from getting out to the public at large. After all, they make billions of dollars only when people get sick and need a prescription, not when people take care of themselves and avoid the major killers like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.

Truth seekers, however, should strive to emulate heros of the past like Linus Pauling and become the new torch bearers so that we can continue to improve the state of health for people everywhere with the latest breakthrough antioxidant supplements.

Dan Ho is chief editor of Nutritional Supplement Info Spotlight, which offers unconventional and unique solutions for common health issues, and keeping you abreast of the latest benefits and dangers of nutritional supplements with our FREE newsletter. Claim your subscription now at: Our Nutritional Supplements and Dietary Supplements Info Site


MORE RESOURCES:

Business Insider

Americans are wasting billions of dollars every year on health supplements ...
Business Insider
Anyone walking into a grocery store can quickly see that dietary supplements are big business. Vitamins and herbal supplements command a significant chunk of floor space. The pills, capsules, and powders make up 5 percent of all grocery sales in the ...
Ask The Doc: Beware of Diet SupplementsThe Rockaway Times
The Hazards of Dietary SupplementsRapid City Journal
Use of dietary supplements requires caution, educationHawaii Army Weekly

all 5 news articles »


Fox News

5 common myths about supplements, debunked
Fox News
As more aging adults consume supplements, an increasing number of myths have also begun to circulate online. For starters, many people who think that a specific supplement to aid an ailment coupled with a healthy diet provides adequate nourishment for ...



Yahoo Sports

While lab analyzes medication and supplements, Anderson Silva focuses on ...
MMA Fighting
"We don't know yet what's going to happen because all the stuff I used during the treatment for my broken leg and my supplements were taken to the commission's lab to be examined so we can find out what happened. I don't know what happened. It was a ...
Anderson Silva Plans to be Back Next Year and Fight for Five More YearsYahoo Sports
Anderson Silva plans to fight again in 2016: Coming back next year was my plan ...Bloody Elbow

all 12 news articles »


NutraIngredients-usa.com

New web portal aims to ease entry of US-made supplements, foods into Chinese ...
NutraIngredients-usa.com
“We are addressing this hunger they have for what I call life enhancers,” Dougherty told NutraIngredients-USA. “There is a desire for this whole realm of natural food supplements. And there is a particular desire for products made in America. They may ...



CBS News

Vitamin D supplements may slow prostate cancer
CBS News
Vitamin D supplements may slow or prevent low-grade prostate cancer from progressing, a small new study suggests. "Vitamin D decreases inflammation in tissues, and inflammation is a driver of cancer," explained Bruce Hollis, the study's lead researcher ...
Vitamin D supplements may reverse progression of low-grade prostate tumorsMedical News Today
Vitamin D Supplements Might Slow Prostate CancerWebMD
Vitamin D Supplements May Prevent Prostate Cancer From Becoming AggressiveUniversity Herald

all 60 news articles »


TIME

8 Things You Don't Know About Supplements
TIME
In early February, the New York Times reported that New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman launched an investigation into some of the largest supplement retailers. DNA testing revealed that 79% of supplements tested did not contain what the ...
Vitamin BSThe Atlantic
Vitamin and mineral supplements are big business, but their health benefits ...National Post

all 10 news articles »


New York Times

Taking Care With Calcium Supplements
New York Times
Q. I have been told that women should stop taking calcium supplements after menopause, as there is a danger of heart attack and stroke. Is this true? A. “Several large, credible studies have reported a higher incidence of heart attacks in both men and ...



BostInno

Ask Trendy Trainer: What Are Your Thoughts On Supplements?
BostInno
A popular supplement now-a-days, the omega-3 fatty acids. These typical gel pills are chock-full of essential nutrients to help build cell membranes. But be certain you're ingesting a high-quality omegas. "Fatty fish is high in omega-3s – a half fillet ...



Fox News

Omega-3 supplements may help boys with ADHD
Fox News
Boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit slightly from omega-3 fatty acid supplements, a new study from the Netherlands suggests. The study involved 80 boys ages 8 to 14, about half of whom had been diagnosed with ADHD.

and more »


New York Times (blog)

Safety of Herbal Supplements Pulls Prosecutors Together
New York Times (blog)
The coalition would signal a shift in the way law enforcement agencies ensure the safety of herbal supplements, a $5 billion-a-year industry that has been plagued by complaints of mislabeling. An investigation by the New York State attorney general's ...
Why the Supplements Industry Is So PowerfulTIME
States join to investigate herbal supplements; industry irateModernHealthcare.com
Heather Yakin: With dietary supplements, it's buyer bewareTimes Herald-Record
Albany Times Union -ABC News -theday.com
all 123 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.