Premature Aging? Look to Antioxidants for Age-Defying Support
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on September 23, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Common signs and symptoms of premature aging:
• Reduced skin elasticity
• Gray hair; thinning hair and hair loss
• Frequent illness
• Pain and inflammation
• Joint instability
Nowadays, many of us seem to be aging faster than we ought to, with elusive promises of a “more youthful appearance” as near as that ($250) jar of face cream (or syringe!). Sigh.
Premature aging, as well as many chronic health conditions, is associated with the effects of free-radical damage. Free-radicals are unstable molecules that are byproducts of normal metabolism; they’re also a result of exposure to toxins such as environmental pollution, chemicals in our foods (pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, food colorings), drugs, stress, UV light, inflammation… the list goes on! They cause serious damage to cellular structures, including our DNA and cell membranes.
Antioxidants are what our body uses to combat free-radicals. Some of these we produce internally, whereas others we must obtain from our diet. There are literally thousands of different types of antioxidants: vitamins C and E; minerals such as selenium, zinc, and copper; the amino acid, glutathione; flavonoids such as quercitin, and many other phytonutrients.
Eating a diet that contains a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables is the very best way of ensuring that your body is getting the antioxidants it needs.
It can help to ‘fill the gap’ and ensure you’re protected, with over 20 natural, powerful antioxidants that provide superior daily protection from the damaging effects – including premature aging – of free-radicals.
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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