Reverse Aging: Super Antioxidants

Many people have become obsessed with looking and feeling younger including men and women as early as 25 years of age. This deep desire to stay looking young has contributed to a billion dollar industry in the anti-aging market. Although our economy in 2011 is in serious crisis, people still pursue lotions, potions, surgery and injections in hopes of looking younger and staying energized. It is a known fact that we are living longer, with the help of new nutritional & exercise information, medication, medical procedures & technology, but who wants to live to be 100 years of age “and” look and feel every bit of being 100? Now that is a great question!

Some of the products and procedures used to fight aging are not accessible or desirable by some people for various reasons such as: fear, lack of financial resources or preexisting medical conditions & psychological issues that disqualify them as a candidate. In order to explore other solutions, it’s a great idea to determine what causes aging or rapid aging in the first place. Speaking of “rapid aging”, now that’s a club you do not want to become a member of. Rapid aging can be the results of genetics or living a lifestyle conducive to rapid aging. A few activities that contribute to it are: smoking, being overweight, drinking excessive alcohol, constant stress, lack of sleep & exercise, not absorbing adequate amounts of vitamins & minerals, lack of water consumption, lack of moisture replacement internally and externally and the biggest one with new nutritional information is not absorbing high levels of antioxidants to fight free radicals that leads to aging.

A quick lesson on free radicals: free radicals are the by-products generated when our body burns energy through metabolism or become invaded by carcinogens like: stress, pollution & cigarettes, etc. They are damaged cells (missing electrons) attempting to become normal by attacking normal cells (cells with electrons intact). Once they make contact with normal cells, the normal cells then become a free radicals and spread throughout the body resulting in oxidative stress. Oxidative stress leads to premature aging, cancer, and other degenerative diseases.

As you may or may not know, our body really is a walking energy source. Every cell in our body has a little energy generating chamber called the “Mitochondria”. Our fat cells may have about 2 – 3, our muscle cells have about 2500 and the skeletal cells have over 100’s of thousands of them as well as other major organs. In addition to aging us, free radicals will damage the mitochondria cell membrane at a faster pace, causing them to become dysfunctional, degenerate and die; as you now known this is the Oxidative Stress process. Once the body is in the oxidative stress mode the following will become a reality if not reduced: the signs of aging increase, we lose energy, the brain functions decline resulting in Parkinson disease & memory loss, the heart doesn’t pump as hard, the kidney function declines, our muscles get weaker and muscle mass decreases as well as other major organ starts to degenerate in performance.

Super Antioxidants is the secret solution. Antioxidants are molecules capable of stopping the oxidation of other molecules. Antioxidants terminate the chain reaction of free radicals by removing free radical intermediates (it donates an electron) and stops additional oxidation reactions. Antioxidants are found in fruits & vegetables high in ascorbic acid (vitamin C) or polyphenols like: acai berries, oranges, blue berries, blackberries, and broccoli to name a few. These sources of antioxidants are great if grown organically without herbicides, pesticides and being genetically modified; otherwise it defeats the purpose of any attempts to get rid of free radicals. With that said, supplementation is the key for maximum absorption of high dosage of antioxidants we now need. The top super antioxidant supplements are: Glutathione, Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ), CoEnzyme10 (CoQ10) and Ubiquinol. By taking these supplements together, you will regenerate, replace, restore and make new more powerful mitochondria.

Glutathione – is a small protein produced naturally in the body if the required building blocks are available. It functions as an antioxidants and an antitoxin; which, slows the aging process, detoxify the liver, strengthens the immune system, increases energy, permits increased exercise, detoxifies the body, fights intracellular inflammation, and is critical to optimum brain function and neutralizes numerous types of free radicals. Investing in supplements that promote the increase natural production of glutathione will force the body to produce and absorb it like it once did when younger. These nutrients create synergy in promoting the body’s own ability to manufacture and absorb glutathione such as: Calcium Ascorbate, L-Glutamine, Milk Thistle, N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), N-acetyl-D-Glucosamine (NAG), Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), Quercitin & Cordyceps. These ingredients are found in MaxGXL, and it will dramatically raise your glutathione levels, with increases up to 292%.

(PQQ) – Pyrroloquinoline Quinone – a micronutrient once known as a nonessential antioxidant. It was first discovered in 1979, but wasn’t immediately recognized as a vitamin. Now it has been established as the first new vitamin discovered since 1948. This discovery was announced in the May 1, 2003 edition of the journal “Nature”. PQQ belongs to the B-complex family of vitamins. PQQ acts as a cell-signaling molecule that seems to initiate or optimize mitochondrial production. There are number of compounds that fall in to this category like: Resveratrol from wine, Quercetin found in many fruits and vegetables, and Hydroxytyrosol from olive oil. When present, they interact with protein factors that may stimulate mitochondrial production called mitochondriogenesis, when needed. It increases immune response, reproduction, skin health and amino acid breakdown. Recommended dosage is about 10 to 20mg per day.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a compound found naturally in the mitochondria and is also an antioxidant. It is involved in the making of the molecule (ATP) Adenosine Triphosphate. ATP is the cell’s major energy source and it controls a number of our biological processes like producing protein and contracting our muscles. The benefits of CoQ10 are: neutralizes free radicals, boosts energy, enhances the immune system; therefore, it help prevent heart disease, heart failures, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, breast cancer, diabetes, periodontal (gum) disease and other degenerative diseases. Recommended dosage is about 100mg per day if under 40 years old and 200 mg per day if over 40.

Ubiquinol is the reduced and active form of Coenzyme Q10. For individuals over 40, or for those who are affected by chronic disease, Ubiquinol is likely more beneficial since the body’s ability to produce CoQ10 and convert it into Ubiquinol has diminished. Ubiquinol is more bioavailable than CoQ10; therefore, your dosage can be less. The recommended dosage is about 50 to 100 mg per day.

Note: Always consult your doctor before taking supplements, especially if you have a chronic illness like: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or any major organ problems as the supplement may affect the medication you are currently using.