- Aging & Longevity
Can Antioxidants Reverse Aging?
The media is filled with the term 'antioxidant' as if this were a miracle cure for aging. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, there is nothing special about antioxidants; we ingest them on a regular basis. Tomatoes, grapes, citrus fruit, raspberries, strawberries, oregano as well as a host of other foods which are acidic are antioxidants! There is no need to run out and buy expensive "antioxidant support" products in order to reap the benefits of removing free radicals from your system.
If you look at the foods mentioned, you will notice a pattern:fruits and vegetables! Vitamin C is, in fact, a very poweful and effective antioxidant! Our bodies carry ou a huge number of functions such as ion exchanges, hydration,reduction and oxidation at any given time. Our whole existence is a series of chemical reactions which produce by-products, as does any other chemical reaction. The problem from these waste products is that they can bind to portions of the organism such as hormone receptors, molecules of useful enzymes and sometimes the hormones themselves. Herein lies the problem. Your body can't use a hormone it doesn't recognize, it can't use an enzyme that is altered, and it can't use hormones if the receptors are covered. This causes oxidative stress.
You really can't avoid oxidative stress, after all, you have to eat sometime. What you can do is minimize the damage done by the natural processes of the body is as easy as taking a vitamin! In fact, vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant and is extremely inexpensive. You can spend any amount that you wish for antioxidant suppliments, but really they are not going to perform any better than good old vitamin C. These products do remove the effects of oxidative stress, but they also remove the effects of your hard work from your wallet.
If the idea of taking a processed chemical in the form of a pill does not appeal to you, simply incorporate fruits that have a red component to their color ie. apples (with the peel), tomatoes, strawberries etc.. into your diet. Drink orange juice in the morning or lemonade in the afternoon. It does not matter if the foods are cooked or not, if they maintain their acididty, they will still retain their antioxidant capacity.
The media will hype any medical discovery and compress it into a news blurb. Suppliment manufacturers will respond quickly to get a product on the market in order to capitalize on the popularity generated by the media reports. The fact of the matter is, that an apple a day really does keep the doctor away. Nature has been providing us with a wide variety of antioxidants with high bioavailability since the beginning of time, why would we prefer to use the product of a manufacturer who has considerably less experience?
If you ask if antioxidants alone can reverse aging, the answer is no. If you ask if they can assist the body in its function while other anti-aging and age reversal methods are employed, the answer is a resounding "yes".