Aging is Natural. Premature Aging Doesn’t Have to Be.

Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 19, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH

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The #1 contributor to premature aging? You guessed it: free-radicals, those tiny reactive oxygen particles that damage our cells’ membranes and DNA. Chemicals in our food, pollutants, drugs, and stress can all contribute to the burden of free-radicals that we encounter every day.

When cells become damaged, they lose their ability to repair and replace themselves effectively. Mutations can occur that result in uncontrolled growth (such as a tumor), or the tissue weakens and can’t perform like it used to. Some common signs and symptoms of premature aging include:

• Pain and inflammation
• Reduced skin elasticity
• Gray hair and hair loss
• Frequent illness
• Joint instability

Antioxidants are your best friend when it comes to free-radicals. They quickly neutralize (quench) free-radicals to halt or reduce their damaging effects.
Antioxidants are especially abundant in colorful fruits and vegetables: the more colorful, or the deeper the color, the better. Berries, watermelon, pomegranates, tomatoes, carrots, green leafy vegetables, and seaweeds are all excellent sources of powerful antioxidants. It’s their flavonoids, of which there are literally thousands of different types, that confer both their colorful pigments as well as their corresponding antioxidant activity.

Antioxidant Complex™ from Natural Wellbeing provides you additional protection from the damaging effects of free-radicals, with over 20 powerful, natural antioxidant sources!

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Our Expert

Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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