At TAHQ I stock a wide range of nutraceuticals including anti-oxidants, as well as specialized intravenous anti-oxidant therapies. But what is an anti-oxidant and why do you need them?
Are you able to remember back to you high school chemistry classes? Chemical reaction equations the change of compounds on the left to form new compounds on the right of the equation. Nice and neatly balanced amounts of chemicals.
Human metabolic chemistry, however, is not as neat as these equations. Organic chemistry has many weak reactions, that leave unstable, unbound molecules with unpaired electrons. The molecules desperately look for and bind the nearest stable molecule, and steal or donate electrons. The next molecule is now unstable, and the chain reaction of stealing and donating electrons damages and ages living tissue – your cells and your DNA.
Sounds like Greek? We call this process oxidative stress.
Anti-oxidants counter oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals, which prevents and repair the damage that the free radicals cause.
As humans, we produce very few of our anti-oxidants (only 3, in small amounts). All other anti-oxidants are required in supplements or in food. We need a daily intake of anti-oxidants for optimal health (think fruit and vegetables and vitamins!)
Your requirements for anti-oxidants increases especially when:
• You smoke
• You drink alcohol
• You eat unhealthily
• You’re overweight
• You participate in strenuous exercise
• You are ill
• You are exposed to radiation (such as X-rays)
• You are exposed to excessive sunlight
• You are exposed to pollution
• You are exposed to pesticides and herbicides
An increased intake of anti-oxidants decrease your risk and risk of complications of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Your risk of cancer, infections and inflammatory diseases also decreases with anti-oxidant intake.
Some of the most important anti-oxidants to look for include:
• Vitamin C
• Beta carotene
• Vitamin E
• Co-enzyme Q10
• Alpha lipoic acid
• N-acetyl cysteine
For pharmaceutical grade anti-oxidant supplements and IV infusions, call The Aesthetics HQ on 011 234 2009 or 011 039 2982 to book an appointment today.