Antioxidants have been a bit of a buzz word in the world of natural health, but what is all the fuss about?
Antioxidants are substances that act to neutralise free radicals. Free radicals aren't a terrorist group, but they do harm to the body, specifically DNA, proteins, lipids and cell membranes. As unstable molecules, free radicals are bad for your body, even though they may only last briefly.
The normal breakdown of nutrients can result in free radicals being produced, as well as exposure to tobacco and ultraviolet light.
As we age, our risk of damage from free radical production increases.
Enter then, our hero, the antioxidant. Antioxidants are nutrients that function by inhibiting the formation of free radicals and may reduce the damage they would cause in the body. This is thought to be at least part of the reason why a diet rich in vegetables and fruits has been linked with a lower risk of many diseases.
Phytochemicals or plant chemicals in the foods we eat act as antioxidants. Vitamins E, C, A, beta-carotene, anthocyanidins (in berries), epigallacatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)* in green tea are examples of antioxidants that can help our bodies as we age.
Berries such as blackcurrants are high in antioxidants and the levels of anthocyanin in CurraNZ blackcurrant are particularly high.
In fact we have the highest levels of anthocyanin of blackcurrants in the world. This is why CurraNZ is a fantastic choice of supplement to help with general health and wellbeing throughout our life cycle.
Coupled with a multivitamin and maybe a probiotic, you have an all round dietary support plan to help you stay healthy.
But WAIT - don't they say all I need is a balanced diet?
While it is true a well balanced diet is supposed to be all you need, we excrete certain nutrients at a faster rate when our life style/diet is sub-optimal and use higher amounts of certain nutrients than normal when under stress.
Coffee, for example, can increase the rate at which magnesium is excreted from the body. Mineral deficiencies in the soil or poor uptake by plants means nutrients we need may not be present in our food in the first place.
Supplementation of CurraNZ has been shown to help produce healthy outcomes, so if you have been sitting on the fence with supplements, may be it's time to try it first hand to support a long-term healthy life style.