Free radicals have received a lot of publicity in recent years, because modern medical research has identified free radical damage as an underlying cause of premature aging and many chronic and degenerative diseases. Overall, free radicals have been implicated in the pathogenesis of at least 50 diseases.
Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize free radicals. Many health researchers believe that getting more antioxidants into your diet is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of chronic and degenerative ailments. Since the beautiful colors of fresh produce are primarily the result of antioxidant compounds, eating a “rainbow” of brightly colored fruits, vegetables and herbs is one of best ways of providing your body with a wide variety of protective antioxidants.
You can read all about this in the article I just posted Who Set Those Radicals Free? It explains what free radical damage (also known as oxidative stress) is and how antioxidants prevent it. It also tells about the antioxidants responsible for the yellow, orange, red, blue and purple colors of fruits and vegetables.
Of course, you can also take antioxidants supplements and Nature’s Sunshine Products has a variety of excellent options. First, is NSP’s flagship antioxidant product Thai-Go. This is a delicious blend of mangosteen, lyceum and other antioxidant fruits with a high ORAC value. (ORAC is a measurement of free radical scavenging capacity.) Thai-Go is my personal favorite antioxidant blend. It is very cooling and I use it in the summer to help me tolerate the extremely hot temperatures in the desert climate in which I live.
Of course, if you’d prefer to take antioxidants in capsule form you can take Super ORAC or Super Antioxidant. Also consider the relative new-comer to the NSP family with antioxidant properties is Curcumin BP, which is anti-inflammatory, aids liver function and has a host of other wonderful uses.
NSP also has specific antioxidant products for protecting the eyes and brain. Degenerative disorders of the eyes like glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration are the result of oxidative damage to the eyes. Perfect Eyes is a blend of antioxidants and nutrients that help to prevent this damage.
It is also believed that Alzheimer’s and dementia are the result of free radical damage and inflammation to the brain. Brain Protex contains nutrients with antioxidant benefits for the brain as well as nutrients to enhance the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in memory.