What are anti-oxidants? Why do they matter?
Anti-oxidants combat free radicals, so let’s start with an explanation of free radicals.
Our cells have parts called atoms that are intended to be paired with two electrons. If a cell loses an electron, it becomes unstable and attempts to steal an electron from other healthy cells. Or failing that, it attempts to donate the remaining electron to a cell that already has its normal pair. This unpaired or single-electron cell is called a free radical.
The presence of some free radicals is natural, but many others are due to exposure to external factors such as radiation. In modern life, we are constantly exposed to, even bombarded by, radiation. From microwaves to mobile phones to WiFi networks to air travel…there is no place to hide.
Whatever the cause, an over abundance of free radicals in your body causes damage on a cellular level as they roam about seeking to grab or donate electrons, thereby damaging cells, proteins, and DNA. This destructive process is called oxidative stress.
As the name suggests, anti-oxidants combat oxidative stress. Anti-oxidants are nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, or plant chemicals that neutralize free radicals. In doing so, the anti-oxidants sacrifice themselves, which is why we need to constantly replenish our anti-oxidant levels to combat ongoing oxidative stress.
Why are prostate cancer patients particularly vulnerable?
Aberrant cell growth is a term that prostate cancer patients are unfortunately all too familiar with. On a cellular level, free radicals damage cells and DNA. In other words, free radicals creates aberrant cells.
Scientific research has implicated free radicals and oxidative stress in both prostate cancer initiation and promotion. It has even been suggested that radiation therapy for prostate cancer may have unwanted side-effects its effect on the production of free radicals.
Knowing this, let's discuss what you can start doing right now to boost our antioxidant levels thereby your body’s ability to combat this destructive, oxidative stress.
What can I do to boost my ability combat oxidative stress?
Make smart choices. Here are 6 you can start doing right now:
- Don’t smoke. Beyond the obvious, smoking produces free radicals.
- Stop eating crap. Processed foods promote free radical production because they frequently contain things you would not choose to eat on their own: sugar, simple carbs, trans-fats, and additives.
- Start eating smartly. Fresh, organic foods that are thoughtfully prepared. Lean protein, vegetables, and fruit (in particular berries) are the foundation of a healthy, anti-oxidant promoting diet. And spice it up a bit: garlic, onions, rosemary and turmeric all have powerful antioxidant properties.
- Think before you drink. Do your best to avoid drinking anything that includes sugar. That said, enjoy a nice glass of red wine when you can: it contains resveratrol, a powerful anti-oxidant.
- Get moving. It is not just dogs and children that need exercise. Although the benefits of exercise are well known, some studies suggest that while moderate exercise will boost your anti-oxidant levels, overly intense exercise can have the opposite effect.
- Avoid multi-vitamins containing iron. Although iron is a necessary mineral, its over consumption promotes free radical production.
What supplements will boost my anti-oxidant levels?
Here are 3 options that you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen:
Inflammatone contains a variety of anti-oxidant sources, such as ginger, curcumin, quercetin and rosemary.*
Advanced Prostate Support also contains a variety of anti-oxidants, such as green tea extract, curcumin, DIM, resveratrol, clove, rosemary, vitamin E (with healthy levels gamma tocopherol), Acerola Cherry Malpighia glabra (an antioxidant due to vitamin C), Grape Seed Extract, garlic lycopene, lutein and Ginkgo biloba.*
BroccoProtect contains an anti-oxidant compound known as SGS, a plant chemical that protects against oxidative stress.*
All great choices; all backed by scientific research. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Geo for specific recommendations.
Take action to reduce any potential cause of aberrant cell growth in your body. Doing so will improve your health and ability to combat disease. You can boost your anti-oxidant levels by making the smart dietary, lifestyle, and supplementation choices. As always, it comes down to making smart choices and to committing yourself to doing what is necessary. You can do this! Let us know how we can help.