"It is not the passage of time that brings on aging. Instead it is the destruction of your cells by free radicals that destroys your youth."
If you want to stay youthful, forget about the passage of time. Instead, think about keeping your cells healthy. How do you keep your cells in top shape? I've got just one word for you:
Antioxidants and Youth: The Link
The word "antioxidant" may sound complicated, but in reality the concept of antioxidants is simple. When you think about antioxidants, just think about "anti-aging." Here's why.
Our bodies are made of over 75 trillion cells ... that's a lot of cells! These cells are under constant attack by unstable molecules called free radicals. Some of these free radical molecules are the result of natural processes in the body, while others come from the daily stresses of life, including air pollutants, smoking, alcohol, over-exertion, heavy exercise, and poor diets.
As your 75 trillion cells are constantly attacked by free radicals, the result is aging. Specifically, free radicals can react with your cells' DNA and RNA, the blueprints by which your cells duplicate themselves. You can guess the results: heart disease, chronic pain, and other ailments related to aging.
Luckily you can keep your cells healthy and slow the aging process. That's where antioxidants can help. Antioxidants not only stabilize the unstable free radical molecules, but also help with cellular repair, if and when your DNA is damaged.
Says Carlson Wade: "Antioxidants act as cleansers or scavengers by searching out neutralizing free radicals, often before any molecular damage is done." Pretty neat, huh? When you view aging in this way, antioxidants become the equivalent of an anti-aging solution (or a reverse time machine).
Which Antioxidants Are Right for Your?
Now that you know the benefits of antioxidants in slowing the aging process, the trick is to pick the right antioxidant for maximum effect. Commonly-known antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E. Another well-known source of antioxidants is blueberries. Your body also makes many of its own antioxidants.
The key to choosing the best anti-aging antioxidants is to weigh the ORAC value of each antioxidant. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity, and measures the ability of an antioxidant to slow aging and neutralize free radicals. In fact, ORAC is becoming an industry standard for measuring antioxidant capacity.
For instance, blueberries have an ORAC value of about 26. Now get this: blue-green algae has an ORAC value of 128! That's five times the antioxidant capacity of blueberries. The great news is that antioxidant compounds like blue-green algae are effective at very low concentrations, so you don't have to add huge quantities of antioxidants to protect your cells.
Adding even modest quantities of antioxidants with high ORAC values like blue-green algae, wheat sprouts, coenzyme Q10, Gingko biloba, turmeric, or garlic can make a big difference in the aging process.
Sounds pretty simple, right? Anti-aging doesn't have to be complicated. Just add a dash of antioxidants to your daily regimen to slow the effect of time on your body.
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