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Pro's and Con's of Antioxidant Supplements

Posted May 24 2008 11:01pm 2 Comments
One main key ingredient to improving your lifestyle and living a healthy life is antioxidants. There are several antioxidant supplements out there that can help you live a healthy life, that are natural and safe to use without causing damage to the body. Eating different types of food that contain antioxidants as well, although according to some, supplements are the ideal way to get just the right dosage of antioxidants.
An example of a slightly higher grade of Chinese green tea, called Mao Jian.

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Antioxidant supplements include individual vitamin supplements such as Vitamins C or E or beta carotene and mineral supplements like selenium. Green tea extract, grape seed extract and pomegranate to name a few, are all natural antioxidant supplements.

If you take in more antioxidants through food such as vegetables, fruits, grain cereals, legumes, nuts and supplements, which give cell protection benefits. Antioxidants can help to protect body cells from damage, which helps to fend off diseases. Often, with a lack of vitamins in the body, causing slow recovery from diseases or injury however, with the right amount of vitamins and antioxidants in your body, you?ll notice the healing difference.

In most cases, antioxidant supplements are available in herbal form, which can greatly help your body - for example preventing various diseases, keeping blood clotting under control, and restoring libido. Nutrition and proper dieting is a very important part of life, therefore you should always keep your health under control and make sure you eat and exercise well - even if you only walk for an hour each day.

There are non synthetic supplements as well, that are ideal for maintaining health and can be easily absorbed by the body, unlike synthetic supplements. Synthetic supplements are well known for their slow absorbtion into the body system and the longer amount of time before you see any results. Non synthetic on the other hand, give almost immediate results, as they are easily absorbed by the body.

Keep in mind that even though you may be taking vitamins that contain antioxidants, you'll still need to remain on a healthy diet. You'll need food that contains the minerals and vitamins you need as well.

For more reasons than one, you should always make sure that you include foods and supplements that contain antioxidants in your diet. If you aren't taking in the right amount of antioxidants, you?ll be at a risk for disease or other harmful effects to your system.

There are many different vitamins and supplements available that include antioxidants, but first and foremost - make sure that you are eating properly and doing all you can to lead a healthy lifestyle. Consult with your physician first if you’re unsure about antioxidants.

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Let me see if I've got this right. Taking an antioxidant supplement and getting any in my diet would be like only working out my legs and never my upper body. I'd be strong in one area and susceptible in another.

My 19 year old son decided to eat only hamburgers, french fries and onion rings during his first semester at college. He was taking vitamin and mineral supplements regularly but that didn't prevent him from getting sick during the winter. His health improved after he added green salads and vegetables to his diet. When he got home for the summer, my son grudgingly admitted that Mom may have been right after all about eating a healthy diet along with those supplements. You need both for good health.
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