- Aging gracefully with Anti-oxidants:
Just like rust on a car, oxidation can cause damage to cells and may contribute to breakdown of the body’s immune system resulting in its inability to protect the human body from the unstable molecules known as free radicals. Antioxidants help prevent oxidation, may help increase the immune function and possibly decrease risk of infection and cancer. Antioxidants exist in vitamins, minerals and other compounds in food.
Free radicals tend to collect in cell membranes (lipid peroxidation), which makes the cell lipids prone to oxidative damage. When this happens, the cell membrane becomes brittle and leaky, causing the cell to eventually fall apart and die.
Free radicals can severely affect your DNA by disrupting the duplication of DNA, interfering with DNA maintenance and breaking open or altering its structure by reacting with the DNA bases. Free radicals are linked to over 60 different diseases, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Cataracts, Atherosclerosis
A few of the better known antioxidants include carotenoids – the substance that gives fruits and vegetables their deep rich colors. Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene (found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava, apricots etc.), vitamins A, C & E, and other substances such as Lutein (naturally found in green leafy vegetables and in marigold), polyphenols and proanthocyanins (found in grapes and grape seed extracts, and various berry extracts). Other well established anti-oxidants are L-Glutathione, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Quercitin.
Products to look for under the Markovit brand are Dermacare that contains a host of anti-oxidant ingredients including the much touted Ceramoside® used widely in the cosmetic industry as an anti-aging skin care product. BerryMax is another product that contains several Amazonian berries high in anti-oxidant properties.