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Food/Supplemental Antioxidants

Food/Supplemental Antioxidants

Antioxidants are needed to balance the oxidants

produced by and present in the body

Antioxidants sacrifice themselves to preserve our body parts from damage by oxidants

Antioxidants are water-soluble and/or fat soluble:

–   Fat soluble – E.g Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and CoEnzyme Q-10; protect cellular plasma and nucleic membranes (housing DNA) from lipid peroxidation. Canfield LM et al. Anti-oxidant/pro-oxidant reactions of vitamin K. 1985

Fat soluble vitamins can be stored in the body (except K storage is minimal).

–   Water Soluble E.g. Vitamin C, alpha-lipoic acid - provide oxidant damage control in the blood and cell plasma. Water soluble vitamins can NOT be stored in the body.

Where do they come from?

–   From food/supplements

–   Produced “In-House”by the body – E.g. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Catalase (CAT), Glutathione Peroxidase (GPx), Glutathione (GSH), CoQ10 (production decreases with age)

All Antioxidants need optimal amounts of certain dietary, MINERALS to function properly

For more information on the function of antioxidants in the body:

Antioxidants “Oxidant Damage Control”

The Antioxidant “Team”Foods

Antioxidants

Water or Fat

Soluble?

Example Foods Containing AOX

Vitamin A

(Beta-carotene)

Fat

Liver, some cod liver oil, butter, cream, cheese, whole milk

Highly colored fruits/veg.

Vitamins B6

Water

Vitamin C

Water

Pomegranate, blackcurrants, kiwi, mango, lemon, orange, cantaloupe, red pepper, red cabbage

Vitamin D

Fat

Sunshine; High vitamin cod liver oil; Oily fish; Butter, eggs, milk from outdoor livestock

Vitamin E

Fat

Nuts, wheat germ

Vitamin K

Fat

Kale, spinach, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, natto, sauerkraut, aged cheeses

Lipoic Acid

Fat/Water

Kidney, heart, liver, spinach, broccoli, and yeast extract

CoQ10

Fat

Beef, herring, chicken, trout

Flavonoids

Cocoa, dark chocolate

Polyphenols

Red wine (2 glasses/day), dark chocolate

SUPPORT Trace Minerals/Vitamins for body's antioxidants produced “in-house”:

Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Catalase (CAT), Glutathione Peroxidase (GPx), Glutathione (GSH)

AOX

Supported

Food(s) containing Mineral

Selenium

GPx, GSH

Brazil nuts

Zinc

SOD

Pumpkin seeds

Manganese

SOD

Whole grains, nuts, chickpeas

Copper

SOD

Whole grains, beans, nuts, potatoes

Iron

CAT

B6, B12, Folate

GSH

Required for methylation and transulfuration pathways

See SAMe

AOX Links

ANTIOXIDANTS / VITAMINS

Related Links

Antioxidants - “Oxidant Damage Control”

FOOD / SUPPLEMENTAL ANTIOXIDANTS

Food/Supplemental Antioxidants

VITAMIN A

–   Vitamin A –   “Grass Vitamin”

VITAMIN B

–    Vitamin B9(Folate)

–    Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) –“Energy Vitamin”

VITAMIN C

–    VitaminC –“God's Medicine”

–    Cfunctions / benefits in detail

–    Man does not produce C

–    Food sources of C

–    How to supplement C

–    Rath-Pauling Therapy

(strengthen connective tissue and reverse atherosclerosis/CVD)

–    Vitamin C Chemistry

VITAMIN D

–    Vitamin D –“The Sunshine Vitamin”

VITAMIN E

–    Vitamin E

VITAMIN K

–    Vitamin K –“ForKlotting and Kalcium”

–    K against Health Problems

–    How to obtain K?

PHYTONUTRIENTS

–    Dark Chocolate

MAJOR “IN-HOUSE”ANTIOXIDANTS

(Producedinside the body, but can be boosted via diet/supplementation)

–    Glutathione –“King of the Antioxidants"

Nebulizing Glutathione

–   Glutathione Peroxidase

–   Catalase

–   SOD

–   Alpha Lipoic Acid

–    CoEnzyme Q10 –“Spark and Dampener”

CoQ10 Health Benefits