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"Blue-green algae (available at most health-food stores) contains omega fatty acids and the antioxidant phycocyanin and works similarly to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen. Cranberries, blueberries, cherries, and blackberries are jam-packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins and polyphenols, which also have anti-inflammatory qualities. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach contain lutein, another superantioxidant. Cocoa carries flavonoids, particularly potent antioxidants that can zap free radicals and protect against inflammation."
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer. This comes back to inflammation. Many age-related diseases are caused by an immune system out of balance. Excessive or unnecessary inflammation accelerates heart disease, bone loss, Alzheimer's disease. Antioxidants found in vegetables and herbs are also important, because the same oxidation process that rusts our cars also deteriorates our bodies. Antioxidants mop up highly charged oxygen-free radicals that cause this sort of rust. "Kamada's garden where she gets her breakfast, lunch, or dinner is more than a natural grocery store."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"For example, in broccoli, there's a chemical called sulforaphane, and it clearly activates stress response pathways in cells that upregulate antioxidant enzymes. Broccoli has antioxidants, but at the level you could get from your diet, they're not going to function as antioxidants." Just as with the nuclear shipyard workers, a mild toxin generates an adaptive stress response that bolsters cells. It's the same process generated by dietary restriction and exercise."
- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Get the book.)

"Chocolate contains antioxidant flavonoid phenolics, which prevent it from going rancid. In this and certain other plant foods (such as many leafy vegetables, tea, and red wine), these antioxidants help prevent the oxidation of LDS ("bad") cholesterol; when the latter becomes oxidized, it can cause atherosclerosis—gradual blocking of the arteries—by increasing the ability of the blood platelets to form clots. The most important flavonoid compound in chocolate appears to be quercetin, known to have not only antioxidant but also anti-inflammatory activity."
- Sophie D. Coe and Michael D. Coe, The True History of Chocolate (Get the book.)

"That plants are good for humans to eat probably doesn't need much elaboration, but the story of vitamin C, an antioxidant we depend primarily on plants to supply us, points to the evolutionary reasons why this might have become the case. Way back in evolution, our ancestors possessed the biological ability to make vitamin C, an essential nutrient, from scratch. Like other antioxidants, vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, contributes to our health in at least two important ways."
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"Wolfe claims in his book Naked Chocolate that cacao is one of the most powerful antioxidant foods and a great source of nutrients, including magnesium. Others feel that its antioxidant value does not offset the anxiety and insomnia it creates. David Jubb encourages the use of bee pollen, claiming that two tablespoons of this food contains more nutrients than two weeks' worth of eating at fast-food restaurants. Other raw fooders say we need additional supplements. Many recommend additional enzymes. I heard Brian Clement say in a lecture that he takes 20 enzyme pills per day."
- Susan E. Schenck, The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet (Get the book.)

"Some vitamins have antioxidant roles, which means they protect vulnerable fatty acids from being destroyed by free radicals in the body. Free radicals are formed by oxidation processes (natural chemical reactions) and by radiation. Although you may not be familiar with the word oxidation, you will recognise it: it's what happens when you cut open an apple or potato and the flesh turns brown. The fatty acids at risk in the body are found in the cell walls and nerve coverings, so eating plenty of antioxidants will help your body perform much better overall."
- Dr Ron Roberts, Asthma Controlled Naturally: Techniques That Work (Get the book.)

"On its face, this seems to make sense, since antioxidant molecules (which plants naturally produce for protection from the highly reactive oxygen atoms generated through photosynthesis) are thought to neutralize the free radicals in our bodies, which can damage DNA and lead to cell death and tissue damage. Unfortunately, antioxidants only appear to have such an effect when extracted from organic foods as part of our normal diet. Supplements have been shown to be inert, and potentially even damaging."
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

"The following four supplements also give you the best bang for your buck: Vitamin E A potent antioxidant, but most products are a synthetic dl-alpha tocopherol, which actually may have no antioxidant activity! Make sure the The Tipping Point Each of us has an individual tipping point, at which the liver converts simple sugars and starches into fat."
- Dr. Steven R. Gundry, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You - And Your Waistline - And Drop the Weight for Good (Get the book.)

"A researcher in Pretoria, South Africa analyzed the antioxidant or "radical scavenging capacity" of a variety of fruits, vegetables, and teas. The study results showed that one or two cups of tea, made from green, black, or oolong tea, provide a similar antioxidant ability as five servings of fruits and vegetables or 400 milligrams of vitamin C.13 Of course these results were in the laboratory: The author of the study urged caution in applying these results to humans because the bioavailability of the vitamin C would depend on a host of factors."
- Wendy Bazilian, DRPH, MA, RD, Steven Pratt, MD, Kathy Matthews, Superfoods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients (Get the book.)

"Recommendations include a healthy, well-balanced diet and lifestyle; avoidance of products that contain mercury and aluminum (which include antiperspirants, antacids, baking powder, and aluminum cookware); and increasing antioxidant levels in the body. Nutritional supplementation with high-potency vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and particularly magnesium and potassium products are beneficial."
- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"It helps cells metabolize energy and acts as a powerful antioxidant. What's more, ALA "recycles" other key antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and glutathione. Red meat and organ meats (heart and liver) are the richest dietary sources of alpha-lipoic acid, but it is also present in small amounts in potatoes, carrots spinach. I recommend 200 to 400 milligrams a day. CARNITINE AND ACETYL-L-CARN1TINE yams, beets, and As with CoQIO and ALA, you need much more carnitine as you age, especially after age forty."
- Frank Lipman, Mollie Doyle, Spent: Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Feel Great Again (Get the book.)

"Want more antioxidant protection? Pycnogenols-combinations of polyphenols from tree bark and alpha lipoic acid-are superb antioxidants, as are mushroom extracts, especially reishi, cordyceps, or maitake. All enhance immune-system function, elevate the level of natural killer cells (another type of white blood cell that protect us), and improve athletic performance. Cordyceps, originally only grown in Tibet and used solely by the Imperial family, were the secret natural performance enhancer used by Chinese Olympic athletes when the nation reentered the games."
- Dr. Steven R. Gundry, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You - And Your Waistline - And Drop the Weight for Good (Get the book.)

"Symptoms of free radical damage (necessitating dietary antioxidant therapies) can include but are not limited to headaches, frequent or chronic infections, palpitations, neck spasms, back pain, inability to relax, chronic allergies, diarrhea, nausea, heavy metal toxicity, and chronic yeast infections or candidiasis. Laboratory studies are demonstrating that ingesting higher levels of antioxidants can increase life expectancy."
- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"The form of Vitamin A that is an antioxidant is: (a) Retinol. (b) Retinyl esters. (c) Retinoic acid. (d) None of the above. 28. The form of vitamin A that is used for transport of the vitamin in the body is: (a) Retinol. (b) Retinyl esters. (c) Retinoic acid. (d) None of the above. 29. Beta-carotene is abundant in: (a) Dairy products, especially milk. (b) Yellow and orange vegetables and fruit. (c) Fish, especially salmon. (d) Beef liver. 30. Vitamin A reduces risk of infections because: (a) It strengthens mucous membranes. (b) It is needed in the development of lymphocytes."
- Dr. Steve Blake, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (Get the book.)

"Replace with prunes (no kidding, an extremely powerful antioxidant), raisins, and all of the berries. Eliminate all hydrogenated oils and trans-fatty acids. Replace with olive oil and fresh butter. Cut back on the quantity of meat, pork,2 chicken, and dairy in your diet. 'For those with arthritis, it might be useful to forego vegetables from the nightshade family, including tomatoes, spinach, and eggplant. "And no, pork is not "the other white meat.'1 In fact, pork is probably one of the more indigestible meats you can eat."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"It's worth noting that the antioxidant did, in fact, significantly improve the overall level of her Personal Health Line, but since Mary didn't feel any difference, she incorrectly assumed that she had received no benefit.) The bottom line is that the same supplement, used by two different people Death Immune Heart Cancer etc. figure 7 for the same condition, produced two entirely different results. What does that mean? It means that gulping down "miracle herbs" and "miracle supplements" to treat disease is like trying to hit a clay pigeon in the sky, with a 22-caliber rifle . . ."

- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"Cancer initiation and promotion is known to be favoured by high levels of free radical generation that overwhelm the body's antioxidant defences.88 The cancer process itself contributes to this imbalance, which in turn favours the cancer at the host's expense. It makes sense therefore to attempt some redress by supplying ample amounts of antioxidants, and both the Gerson Therapy and Orthomolecular Oncology do this, as amply demonstrated in our case by the patient's 1999 complete biochemical profile. Diets that are low in calories have been demonstrated to slow cancer progression."
- Michael Gearin-Tosh, Living Proof: A Medical Mutiny (Get the book.)

"You might also find antioxidant complexes with ingredients such as grapeseed extract, pine bark, blueberry extract, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin. Astaxanthin, derived from algae, is believed to be several hundred times more effective than vitamin E in neutralizing free radicals. Where minerals are concerned, in addition to the macrominerals (those needed in large amounts), such as calcium and magnesium, you'll also want to select a formula that has a wide range of trace minerals (those needed in small quantities), such as selenium, vanadium, chromium, boron, and iodine."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"Cranberry juice is famous for its antioxidant properties and support of a healthy urinary tract; its organic acids and fatty acids help keep bacteria from sticking to urinary tract cells. Cranberry can also decrease the incidence of constipation and urinary incontinence as well, especially in older people. If you don't have extract on hand, you can simply add an ounce of unsweetened cranberry juice (a good one is Just Cranberry) to an 8-ounce glass of water."

- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"Principal Functions of the B Vitamins Energy production from carbohydrates, fats, and protein Synthesis of neurotransmitters Conversion of amino acids Synthesis of fatty acids and hormones antioxidant protection The vitamin B complex is vital for the synthesis of fatty acids. The B vitamins help us make cholesterol and also help us control cholesterol. They are needed for the synthesis of phospholipids in the all-important cell membrane. They are also needed to synthesize steroid hormones such as melatonin, the sleep hormone."
- Dr. Steve Blake, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (Get the book.)

"Summary for Ascorbic Add—Vitamin C Main function: collagen formation and antioxidant. RDA: 75 mg to 125 mg for adults. No toxicity reported. Mild digestive irritation possible over 100 mg with the ascorbic acid form. Tolerable upper intake level is set at 2000 mg daily. Deficiency causing scurvy is rare. Many people do not achieve the RDAs. Deficiency disease: scurvy. Healthy food sources: found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Degradation: leached by cooking water, reduced by heat, light, oxygen, and food processing."

- Dr. Steve Blake, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (Get the book.)

"With the water-soluble vitamins we have the antioxidant support and coenzymes needed to help our systems run smoothly. Read on for more detail about how these wonderful nutrients work. CHAPTER 1 The B Vitamins The Energy Vitamins The B vitamins were identified and isolated early in the twentieth century when refined grains were first found to cause deficiency diseases. The B vitamins work so closely together that it is hard to tell which individual B vitamin is missing when a deficiency occurs. The B vitamins need to be taken together in food or in supplements."

- Dr. Steve Blake, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (Get the book.)

"It works as a dynamic antioxidant throughout the brain cell membrane and mitochondria, where it is involved in the production of high energy phosphate compounds," Dr. Khalsa explains. "Acetyl L carnitine is a superbly versatile metabolite and plays a pivotal role in facilitating energetic pathways in brain cell mitochondria. It is a source of acetyl groups for acetyl-Co-A and facilitates release of acetylcholine and other neurotransmitters and neuropeptides. ALC also has been reported to decrease Cortisol levels." 3. HERBS. "Ginkgo biloba is utilized at a dose of 120 milligrams per day."
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"Mind Boosters: A Guide to Natural Supplements That Enhance Your Mind, Memory and Mood, points out that though fish oil has a higher percentage of the important omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, krill oil has the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, plus vitamins A and D, and possibly other nutrients (such as small amounts of phospholipids). No matter, in this study, 3 g a day of krill oil was enough to make a big difference in the participants' experience of PMS. It might do the same for you."
- Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S., The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth about What Treatments Work and Why (Get the book.)

"General Recommendations Over the years, I have formulated a number of antioxidant formulas for various companies. In fact, this is my specialty—the design of cutting edge nutritionals using standardized herbs and isolates. On the other hand, I have also become known as a strong advocate for the use of whole herbs and food complexes in all formulations. Why the appatent contradiction? There is no question but that natute packages nutfients in food complexes, and that, in general, it is best to design supplements using only whole food complexes."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"It was widely believed to be a powerful antioxidant that protected against cancer. Alas, a review published in 2006 found no evidence that this supplement was related to the incidence of that dread disease.12 Even more: taken-for-granted beliefs about dietary practice have not held up to scientific scrutiny. According to the "Women's Health Initiative," a low fat diet, long a mantra for good health, seems not to prevent breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or cardiovascular disease.13 In some academic circles it is fashionable to debunk science. Fair enough."
- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"Anything pink—like watermelons, pink grapefruit or cara cara oranges—contains lycopene, an antioxidant that neutralizes harmful free radicals. Reds and purples—blueberries, cherries, apple skin, blood oranges and pomegranates—are indicators of anthocyanins, a flavanoid shown in a 2007 study to destroy cancerous cells without affecting healthy human cells. Orange fruits—papayas, mangoes and peaches—contain carotenoids that protect against heart disease and muscular degeneration."
- Adam Leith Gollne, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession (Get the book.)

"Some phytonutrients owe their health power to their antioxidant ability that destroys free radicals. Free radicals, as you have no doubt heard, are known to destroy cellular structures and are thought to be involved in causing or complicating diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Harmful free radicals can result from exposure to pollution and other toxins, as well as being produced by the body as it goes about its daily metabolic processes. You'll also recall that phytonutrients aid in the plant's own survival efforts."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"The antioxidant hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease is a relatively old one that has resurfaced in different ways over the years to explain both AD and normal aging. The premise of the theory is that free radicals—atoms or groups of atoms that have at least one unpaired electron and are therefore weakly bonded, unstable, and highly reactive—accumulate in the brain, damaging nerve cells and resulting in loss of cell function, which could contribute to AD."
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

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