De­lay the age­ing process

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR SPECIAL -

AN­TIOX­I­DANTS work to coun­ter­act against the ox­i­da­tion ef­fect of free rad­i­cals in our bod­ies. We need nu­mer­ous an­tiox­i­dants ev­ery day to neu­tralise free rad­i­cal ef­fects that will dam­age our cells in the body and dis­turb the func­tions of our sys­tem.

What are free rad­i­cals?

Free rad­i­cals are a type of un­sta­ble mol­e­cules cre­ated by our bod­ies ev­ery day. Breath­ing, di­gest­ing, ex­er­cis­ing, the me­tab­o­lism process and such are ba­sic ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing in­side the body ev­ery day. What you may not be aware is that all these cre­ate dam­ag­ing free rad­i­cals.

Some­times, free rad­i­cals are cre­ated to neu­tralise virus and bac­te­ria in the body. Be­sides fac­tors in­side our bod­ies, en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors like pol­lu­tion, ra­di­a­tion, cig­a­rette smoke, her­bi­cides and stress will spawn more free rad­i­cals than the body. It is im­pos­si­ble to avoid the harm­ful free rad­i­cals.

Ex­ces­sive free rad­i­cals in the body will de­stroy the body cells which cause dam­age to our sys­tem if no ac­tion is taken. Even­tu­ally, pre­ma­ture age­ing hap­pens and the symp­toms of age­ing shows: dull, lined and sag­ging skin, poor mem­ory, fa­tigue, eye strain, joint pain and such. There­fore, we need an­tiox­i­dants to re­duce the im­pact of free rad­i­cals.

Our bod­ies pro­duce an­tiox­i­dants nat­u­rally to over­come the ef­fect of free rad­i­cals, but it is just a small amount and may not be suf­fi­cient to coun­ter­act the ex­ces­sive free rad­i­cals in the body. Free rad­i­cals that can­not be neu­tralised will start dam­ag­ing sur­round­ing cells and cause the chain ef­fects of de­struc­tion, leav­ing your body vul­ner­a­ble to pre­ma­ture age­ing and de­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases.

For­tu­nately, we can sup­ple­ment an­tiox­i­dants from food. Plenty can be found from nat­u­ral plants and al­gae. These nat­u­ral an­tiox­i­dants de­fend against free rad­i­cals and de­lay the age­ing process. An­tiox­i­dants work to: > Re­duce eye fa­tigue, eye­strain, blur­ring, dou­ble vi­sion and eye dry­ness. They pro­tect eye and pro­mote bet­ter vi­sion.

> Im­prove mem­ory by re­duc­ing the ox­i­da­tion dam­age. Im­prove blood flow for bet­ter nu­tri­tion and oxy­gen de­liv­ered.

> Pro­vide anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect to al­le­vi­ate joint pain and arthri­tis. It in­hibits and sup­presses dif­fer­ent in­flam­ma­tory me­di­a­tors and helps re­duce the pain and in­crease mo­bil­ity.

> Act as built-in sun­block to pro­tect from harm­ful UV rays to limit sun dam­age and al­le­vi­ate sun­burn and sup­port the skin against the age­ing process and flaws.

> Help pro­tect against stress and the ox­i­da­tion ef­fect caused by ex­er­cise. The more stren­u­ous the ac­tiv­ity, the greater the pro­duc­tion of free rad­i­cals.

Among the var­i­ous types of an­tiox­i­dants avail­able in food, vi­ta­mins C, E and carotenoids are the most fa­mous and well-known po­tent an­tiox­i­dants.

Here are the sources of food you can get them from:

> Vi­ta­min C: The best-known an­tiox­i­dant. Mostly con­tained in citrus fruits like or­ange, grape­fruit and tan­ger­ine, straw­berry, tomato, broc­coli and potato.

> Vi­ta­min E: Mainly comes from veg­etable oils, seeds or nuts. It works well with other an­tiox­i­dants to pro­mote bet­ter per­for­mance of an­tiox­i­dant ef­fects.

> Carotenoids: The strong­est an­tiox­i­dant com­po­nent that works well in fight­ing free rad­i­cals. It is con­tained mainly in food that is red, or­ange, yel­low or dark green such as tomato, or­ange, broc­coli, car­rot.

Re­searchers also found as­tax­an­thin to be one of the strong­est carotenoids.

As­tax­an­thin can be found in nat­u­ral al­gae namely haema­to­coc­cus plu­vi­alis, which grows nat­u­rally in hot cli­mates with fresh wa­ter.

Sup­ply your body with suf­fi­cient nat­u­ral an­tiox­i­dants to fight free rad­i­cals and de­lay the age­ing process for bet­ter health and skin com­plex­ion.

This ar­ti­cle is con­trib­uted by Care­Mark Sdn Bhd.

As­tax­an­thin can be found in nat­u­ral al­gae, namely haema­to­coc­cus plu­vi­alis, which grows nat­u­rally in hot cli­mates with fresh wa­ter.

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