Antioxidants are often thought of as the saviors that prevent cell damage from free radicals. Our bodies make these nutrients and enzymes to prevent oxidative stress. But when the assault from free radicals becomes more than our body’s defenses can handle, we become vulnerable. Researchers have linked out-of-control free radical damage to everything from longer recovery times after workouts, to accelerated aging and chronic health problems, such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune, and eye diseases.
So, how do we harness this power and make antioxidants work to our advantage when we most need them?
The answers might surprise you. It’s not as simple as loading up on carotenoids, vitamins C, E, and key minerals and compounds with foods and supplements. In fact, doing so could do more harm than good. High doses of beta-carotene, for example, have been linked in studies to increased lung cancer risk in smokers. Research also suggests megadoses of vitamin E might up prostate cancer risk, but used for the long term and in moderate doses, vitamin E supplements reduced prostate cancer incidence and death among male smokers.
It’s complicated—we need antioxidants, but everybody’s needs are different. And those needs often accelerate as we age. To make things even more complicated, antioxidant effectiveness depends on the free radicals involved in the damage, where they’re generated, and the area they’re targeting.
Using antioxidants to our advantage involves striking a careful balance based on an individual’s needs. In other words, the antioxidant dosing you need to achieve optimal health is different from what your friends or family members might need—even if they are similar ages and have similar lifestyles.
Another important point: the body’s need to replenish antioxidants doesn’t end. It’s a constant and evolving need. As we age, our bodies tend to require more help in fighting damage from free radicals.
There’s a lot you can do to reduce the free radical damage in your body, but it’s impossible to avoid it completely. Why? Because oxidative stress is a normal part of physical functions, such as metabolism and inflammation. Oxidative stress also occurs from everyday activities and happenings, such as strenuous exercise, breathing in air pollution, being exposed to sunlight, smoking, and drinking alcohol.
You can help combat these everyday assaults from free radicals by leading a healthy lifestyle. Quit smoking. Don’t drink too much alcohol and eat plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
Most of us are well aware of these important health recommendations, but to take the power of antioxidants to the next level, we recommend blood testing. The blood testing goes beyond the ordinary blood panel you might get with a routine physical examination. It looks specifically at levels in the body that indicate imbalances in key nutrients, including antioxidants.
the biostation™ approach to wellness involves marrying the science behind optimal nutrition, anti-aging, and total wellness to what an individual needs to achieve those goals. We run advanced blood testing to target antioxidant imbalances. We then deliver only what’s needed in the way of antioxidants and other nutrients using oral and IV formulations. All this is supported with extensive nutritional counseling. The result? Clients feel great at any age, without the negative effects that can happen from using a one-size-fits-all health approach.
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