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Antioxidants

Protection From Free Radical Damage

Antioxidants are molecules which “quench” and render free radicals harmless. (Usually by donating an electron).

Free radicals are unstable molecules with an unpaired electron. As they “steal” electrons from other molecules, they damage normal cells.

What do free radicals do?

The damage caused by free radicals is called oxidation. Rust on metal is an example of oxidative damage caused by free radicals. This “rusting” or oxidative damage to human cells has been linked to many diseases including heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, cancer, cataracts, macular degeneration, immune suppression, Alzheimer’s and aging in general.

Where do free radicals come from?

Free radicals are generated in the body during normal cellular processes. Additional free radicals are generated in the body by stress (physical or emotional), environmental toxins (in air, water, food), smoking, alcohol, anesthetics and radiation.

Where do antioxidants come from?

The major antioxidants are made by the body itself. These include superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, glutathione peroxidase. Certain vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other nutritional substances also perform as antioxidants. These are found in the foods we eat.

The body makes enough antioxidants to neutralize free radicals generated by normal metabolism. When additional free radicals are created by stress, poor nutrition, environmental toxins, smoking, etc., the body cannot “keep up” with the free radicals. These excess free radicals are then "free" to damage normal cells.

How do I protect myself from free radical damage?

1) Avoid or minimize exposure to things that create free radicals: smoking, environmental toxins, alcohol excess, stress.
2) Eat a nutritious diet so that the body can make it’s own “native” enzymes.
3) Take additional antioxidants by way of diet, nutritional supplements, and herbs to ensure protection from free radical damage.

Sources of Antioxidants:

Many herbs contain antioxidant substances. Fruits and vegetables are the primary dietary sources of antioxidants.

Super Foods  are those rich in antioxidants:

Apricot, artichoke, blueberry, all other berries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cherries, citrus, “greens” (beet, collard, kale, mustard, turnip, etc.), lemons, soybeans, tangerines, tomatoes.

Antioxidant Nutrients:

Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, mixed carotenes, selenium, zinc, bioflavonoids, cysteine & methionine (sulphur-containing amino acids), CoQ10, glutathione.

Antioxidant Herbs:

Artichoke, bilberry, ginger, ginkgo, grape seed extract (pycnogenols), green tea, hawthorne, milk thistle, olive leaf, rosemary, St. John’s Wort, turmeric.

Other Antioxidants:

Melatonin, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Two Convenient Formulas Supplying Supplemental Antioxidants:

Maxi Multi

Optimal Dose MultiVitamins with High Potency Antioxidants

Get your daily dose of vitamin and mineral antioxidants in one superior formula. Ultra pure, hypoallergenic capsules that contain a state-of-the-art formulation of vitamins, minerals, high potency antioxidants, bioflavonoids, with concentrated Plant Enzymes for optimal assimilation.

Dr. Myatt's comment: Optimal potency multiple formula. This comprehensive formula includes multiple B-complex vitamins, high potency antioxidants (A,C,E,beta carotene, mixed carotenes, selenium, zinc), a full daily dose of bone-building nutrients (calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamin D) and bioflavonoids.  If you only take one supplement, this should be THE ONE!  The addition of Plant Enzymes ensures absorption of nutrients. This formula is hypoallergenic and suitable for even highly sensitive individuals.

Suggested dose - 9 Capsules per day.

Product # 160 - Maxi Multi - (270 Caps - a 30 day supply)

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Maxi Greens

Complete Green Food / Flavonoid / Plant Antioxidant Rich Formula

  • Contains a full spectrum of the most widely researched antioxidant herbs including:ginkgo biloba, bilberry, green tea, milk thistle,
    grape seed
    and pine bark (pycnogenols)
  • PLUS: indole-containing herbs: broccoli and cauliflower
  • AND: High clorophyll / mineral rich herbs: alfalfa, wheat grass, barley grass, wheat sprout.
  • With gut-healthy probiotics (good gut bacteria) and Fructooligosaccharides (FOS).
  • Only the highest quality herbs are used in this formula.
  • Maxi Greens is constantly revised to reflect the latest scientific research.
  • In easy-to-assimilate capsule form, with bromelain added to ensure absorption.

Maxi Greens provides extra phytonutrients (plant-derived nutrients) as part of a solid foundation for your healthy lifestyle.

Suggested dose: 3 Capsules 3 times per day.

Product #161 - Maxi Greens - (30 day supply)

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