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Understanding Antioxidants and their Potential

High-quality sources of antioxidants have become some of the most widely sought after dietary supplements over recent years. This is thanks to their potential benefits for both the body and mind, as well as their potential to protect against disease and aging. However, how they work exactly is not widely understood.

So let’s go back to basics on the most fundamental level of the human body in order to help you get a deeper understanding of antioxidants and why they’re so essential to your health.

Essentially, this all comes back to diet. The body is great at breaking down food and drink into smaller molecules. Day after day, food and drink is metabolised through a series of chemical reactions, breaking it into smaller parts so they can be used to fuel our lives and reassembled into larger parts to build our bodies.

All this building and restructuring of molecules is done at an even deeper level than simple biology. On the atomic level, atoms exchange particles as they move between molecules. They lose and gain electrons, desperately trying to maintain electromagnetic balance with the protons in their core. Unfortunately, this is not always easy.

When atoms fall out of balance, they can create free radicals. These are unbalanced molecules, ready to react dangerously with and damage other molecules, including our own DNA and healthy cells.

There are no two ways around it – free radicals are highly harmful and are linked to cancer, premature aging and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, among many other conditions. This process is also known as oxidative stress.

To make matters worse, oxidative stress can be exacerbated by many other factors in our lives including pollution, sunlight, alcohol, cigarettes and stress, just to name but a few.

So how do antioxidants remedy this situation?

If an antioxidant encounters a free radical, it’s remarkably able to freely donate an electron. This quickly and effortlessly prevents any risks to healthy molecules by neutralising the free radical.

The body can generally generate its own antioxidants, or get them from dietary sources such as leafy green vegetables, fruits, turmeric, cacao and green tea – all of which are particularly rich in antioxidants.

Unfortunately, in the modern world, many diets and lifestyles lack the nutrition required to keep the body adequately equipped with antioxidants. In these cases, supplementation is a great idea to quickly and conveniently top up your antioxidants and keep your body in balance.

We offer a complete range of antioxidants, many from organic sources and of an extremely high purity and quality. Let us know how you’ve worked antioxidants into your diet in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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More About The Author - Henry Maitland

Henry Maitland I've been working in the health and fitness world and have been studying related subjects for over 20 years. I started out studying sports science and human biology in 1994 and went on to qualify and work as a masseur in 1996 than as a personal trainer in 2001. I then went on to qualify as a CHEK practitioner and Holistic Lifestyle Coach in 2002. These are both multi stage qualifications and I spent ten years working my way through the more advanced levels and the epic reading lists that go with them. I still have Chek level 4 to look forward to and in the coming years plan to travel to San Diego and finish the journey. I took a brief break from my studies with the CHEK institute in 2007 to qualify as a St John's certified Neuromuscular Therapist and returned in 2008 and 2009 to complete the level 3 CHEK certifications. 4 years ago I started studying with the four winds institute of energy medicine in America which is formed from the ancient shamanic healing techniques of the South American Q'ero Indians. This combined with the works of David; R Hawkins MD brought together for me the most extraordinary revelation as to dynamics of true health and wellness. I continue to read and study on my own path guided by those that I have studied with previously as I continue my research in to the many subjects that form the health equation. I have been running my own business, Core Evolution, for the last 12 years. I spend the majority of my time taking people through advanced holistic rehabilitation programmes and work on all areas of the Evolution Cycle of health (although not at the same time!) I very much hope I can share some of what I have discovered with you through the Evolution Organics blog. In health, chi, and happiness. Henry Maitland C.H.E.K practitioner level 3 St Johns Certified Neuromuscular therapist levels 1-8 C.H.E.K HLC level 3 C.H.E.K certified golf biomechanic ITEC certified Remedial masseur Shamanic healer - The four winds institute

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