Update: February 2019
The topic of antioxidants has recently been actively discussed.
only in the media, but also in serious scientific literature. It is from
antioxidants many scientists link the prospects for combating
an aging person.
However, there are also a lot of people willing to cash in on the topic of the day,
it is therefore necessary to clarify to readers all the benefits and
disadvantages of antioxidant therapy offered by the pharmaceutical industry and
manufacturers of dietary supplements.
Oxidants – what is it?
So, oxidants are products of oxygen metabolism, in
whose structure lacks one electron. Such a molecule in
the chemical sense becomes very aggressive so as to strive
take away the missing electron from other substances.
Oxidants, seeking to restore their electronic shell
trigger a series of chemical reactions that from a biological point
Vision is not always favorable. Chemical name of oxidants –
free radicals. Also, according to Pisarzhevsky’s theory, oxidation
there is a process of elimination of electrons from atoms or ions, therefore
one name of oxidants is oxidizers.
Free radicals attack primarily chemically fragile
molecules, which include fats and glycoproteins, are
the main structural component of cell membranes as well
the holy of our holy cells is the nucleus and DNA. Therefore, oxidants are
most powerful mutagens.
In a biological sense, exposure to oxidants causes mutations,
as well as cell and tissue aging. That is, by neutralizing the impact
free radicals on our bodies we will greatly advance in the fight
for longevity, and also maybe we can beat some kinds
Where do oxidants come from?
- Oxygen – as already mentioned, oxidants are formed in
body as a result of oxygen metabolism. However it is not
their only source.
- Radiation, UV radiation – the most powerful supplier of free radicals
is radiation as well as ultraviolet radiation. Lovers
sunbathing provide themselves with oxidants for the long months ahead.
Please note, people living in rural areas look
somewhat older than their urban peers, the reason is first
more are in the sun.
- Tobacco smoke – in third place among the sources of oxidants,
after oxygen and radiation, there is tobacco smoke.
- Oxidants in products – also oxidants can get into
the human body in finished form, namely with food. Extremely
dangerous in this sense is fat exposed to high
temperatures. That is, a hamburger, belyash, french fries or kebab
serious suppliers of free radicals.
- Exhaust gases, household chemicals, cosmetic and perfumery
funds, many drugs – also add to the list
oxidants (see the harm of household chemicals and how to make safe detergents
The need for additional use of artificial
Antioxidants has a serious theoretical basis.
Indeed, fast food, tobacco smoke, beach holidays or solarium,
exhaust gases, abundance of household chemicals, and also drugs, deficiency
plant foods do not leave our antioxidant system without
work. Based on this, many manufacturers of dietary supplements conclude
about the need to add artificial antioxidants to
Modern pharmacology offers the following antioxidant
- Antioxidant complex – vitamins A, E, C.
- Synthetic Coenzyme Q10 – Used in Cosmetic
- Минеральные Dietary supplements с якобы антиоксиднтным эффектом – микрогидрин,
coral club products.
- Lipoic and succinic acid.
Do we need these pills?
- As you know, synthetic vitamins are not at all identical.
natural, and, therefore, do not have all the fullness of their properties
and the body recognizes this difference (see myths about the benefits of vitamin
complexes for immunity and health), it is better to use vegetables,
fruits, nuts raw, drink natural freshly squeezed
- Even assuming that the coenzyme Q1 added to the cream,
acts, then it is not able to rejuvenate your skin, it can only
somewhat slow down the aging process in it (see harmful substances in
- So far, not a single serious, controlled
research that has proven clinical efficacy
antioxidant dietary supplements. Therefore, any claims by manufacturers about
their miraculous effect is nothing more than a publicity stunt.
How to protect yourself from oxidants?
The recipe for dealing with oxidants, and therefore aging
business is not complicated.
- Stop eating fast food, give up fried foods.
- Give up smoking.
- Do not be fond of beach holidays and do not go to the solarium.
- Be more out of town, where you will breathe clean.
- Eat more plant foods.
- Of alcoholic beverages, give preference to red wine and
quality dark beer.
- There should be less animal fat and more plant food,
especially if it is unrefined olive oil.
А как же антиоксидантные Dietary supplements? Let them eat those who their
Natural antioxidant barrier
Mother Nature, placing a person in an ocean of oxidizers should
была предусмотреть механизм защиты от нtheir. Such a shield are
antioxidants are substances containing one extra electron in their
structure, which they easily give away, neutralizing the free
- Antioxidants can be formed inside the body –
endogenous, these include various enzymes, in particular coenzyme
Q10, as well as glutathione – one of the essential metabolites
cysteine amino acids.
- Or to come with food – exogenous antioxidants.
Exogenous antioxidants are much more:
- Натуральные витамины — А, Е, С, совокупность этtheir трех веществ
is the so-called antioxidant complex (namely
natural vitamins, not synthetic)
- Minerals, the most active are selenium, manganese,
- Tannins – tea, coffee, cocoa
- Anthocyanins – in red berries
- Биофлавоноиды — класс химическtheir веществ (гидроксипроизводные
flavone), which are found only in plants.
On the flavonoids stands will stop separately. Best natural
antioxidants – fruits and vegetables that have a purple, burgundy color,
as well as citrus, beans, nuts, etc. It is known that from red
pepper in 1936 was allocated the first flavonoid, which is some
time was called “vitamin P”.
|Chokeberry||Red pepper||Grape, red wine||Black (bitter) chocolate, cocoa||Облепtheirа|
|Hawthorn||Citrus Peel||Bow||Green tea||Eggplant|
Since it is plant food that is richest
antioxidants, is to list the plants, the use of which
best protects us from oxidizing agents.
|Artichoke||Legumes, especially red, variegated beans||Blueberries||Pink grapefruit||Cherries, Cherries|
|Black Currant||Raspberry black and red||Strawberry wild-strawberry||Apples||Nuts, especially pecans|