We’ve all heard that antioxidants are absolutely essential to our good health, but experts disagree on how much and what kind. Looking at the numerous views, here’s my conclusions:
- We can tell that we have oxidative stress (not enough antioxidants) if we are experiencing fatigue, memory loss/ brain fog, muscle/ joint pain, wrinkles, grey hair, decreased eye sight, headaches or susceptibility to infections, which lead to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, gene mutations and cancers, chronic fatigue syndrome, fragile X syndrome, heart and blood vessel disorders, atherosclerosis, heart failure, heart attack and inflammatory diseases.
- Antioxidants are the major answer to oxidative stress, but there are other things we can do too; like removing stress, toxins and infections as much as possible.
- Even if we’re eating the recommend fruits and vegetables, we would still need added supplements in order to achieve the best level of health.
- Glutathione (GSH) is the antioxidant we definitely need to pay attention to. Frankly, I’ve never heard of it, but it’s described in the literature as “the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent disease.” (BTW, this would be the article to read if you have time to read only one.)
- Problems with GSH levels: Natural production in the body declines about 10% per decade. By the time we hit 60, we’re working with a bit over half the amount we made during college years. Also, taking oral supplements of GSH does not help. Supplements can’t survive the digestive tract to raise GSH levels.
- There are effective ways to increase GSH levels, and we are taking action. We’ve added milk thistle to our diet, we’re adding to our sulfur food intake and our selenium intake.
This antioxidant research has been a real eye opener for me …and I hope for you too. There’s no reason we all can’t enjoy a healthy life style if we’re always in learning mode. I’d love to hear your thoughts.