Antioxidants and Immunity
Why are Antioxidants so Beneficial for Boosting our Immunity?
The human body is literally being bombarded by free radicals (unstable atoms that damage health) on a daily basis; these cause cell damage and can lead to ill health and ageing. This process is called Oxidative Stress and can be caused as a natural by-product of metabolism but also by exposure to environmental toxins and adverse lifestyle factors like cigarette smoking. As our bodies age, it becomes more difficult to fight the damaging effects of free radicals.
The process of how free radicals damage the body is not fully understood but there have been many studies and theories that have connected the process to Central Nervous System issues like dementia, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune and inflammatory disorders, diabetes, degenerative eye issues, signs of ageing and genetic degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and Huntingdon’s.
Understanding Antioxidants and Immunity
Our immune systems are designed to fight off intruders like viruses, bacteria and damaged body cells by mobilising free radicals to bombard them in an oxidative burst. Free radicals are prolific and can become an issue especially as we age. Natural antioxidants are produced by the body, such as Alpha Lipoic Acid and Glutathione to prevent free radicals causing unnecessary damage to the body and its immune system. Foods we eat that are rich in antioxidants like vitamins C and E and beneficial phytochemicals found in many plants, also contribute to fighting free radical damage.
Antioxidants are literally powerhouses when it comes to boosting our bodies’ immunity. They do this by supplementing an electron (which free radicals lack) and therefore help boost the bodies defence system by stabilising them and ‘disarming’ their destructive capabilities.
How can we increase our Antioxidant intake and Boost our Immunity?
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