What is an Antioxidant Anyway?

What is an Antioxidant Anyway?

Anti-what? Antioxidant. It’s on food labels and supplement bottles galore – from chocolates to Vitamin E – yet we seldom discuss what an antioxidant does. Most people have no idea what superpowers they hold and why antioxidants are essential to our daily health.

‘Anti’ means to oppose, and ‘oxidant’, or oxidizing agent, create the oxidation of molecules in our bodies which can lead to the formation of free radicals.

What are free radicals? These substances are byproducts of our normal metabolic activities such as digestion, movement, and more. They are generated in response to the environment and foreign substances like cigarette smoke, pollution, sunlight, and other stimuli.

Free radicals are considered to be unstable as they contain an uneven amount of electrons. In their quest for stability, they tend to grab electrons from other sources which can lead to oxidative stress in the body. Ongoing oxidative stress can ultimately cause cellular damage and later lead to serious illness such as cancer, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and more.

This is where our friends the antioxidants come in.

They lend some of their electrons to free radicals which cause them to stabilize and halt their damaging potential. Antioxidant supplements include Grapeseed Extract, CoQ10, Pycnogenol, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Lycopene, Lutein, Green Tea, Selenium, Zinc, and more.

But how do you know which antioxidant will support your particular health condition?

Come in for an evaluation and Nutrition Deficiency Testing (NDT), a non-invasive means of testing the body to determine the underlying cause of health issues.

At Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we offer the leading line of whole food nutrients, Standard Process, which is only available through doctors. Standard Process has a full array of potent natural, organic antioxidants.

Make an appointment today to get started on your wellness journey!

There’s a big difference between Dr. Thorburn and other Chiropractors! In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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