Antioxidants are responsible for binding free-radicals that damage cellular structures in our bodies. Free-radicals are also known as negative ions. They are caused by toxic substances like dead bacteria, viruses, pollution, oxidation, cellular waste, radiation, herbicides, pesticides, drugs, and spoiled food. Collectively these causes contribute to a process known as oxidative stress. Oxidation stress is considered a primary cause of biological aging and disease states.
Free-radicals can cause the immune system to launch an inflammatory response when there are not enough antioxidants to bind and detoxify the free-radicals. Inflammation can put pressure on nerves which causes pain and can become chronic (long term) pain.
Several types of antioxidants are naturally needed by our bodies to reduce inflammation but most people do not get enough antioxidants in their diet. It would take 5 to 15 servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables to supply enough antioxidants in today’s stressful world. Antioxidants work in conjunction with other nutrients to produce health benefits so taking a few antioxidants does little good without the right complementary nutrients.
Vitamins A, seven forms of vitamin C, vitamin E, Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC) (pycnogenal) sources such as pine bark and grape seed extracts, lutein, CoQ10, alpha-lipoic acid, and zinc are generally considered healthy antioxidants when consumed in optimal amounts. Powerful phytonutrients from fruits like Acai, Bilberry, and Pomegranate are known as the “super foods” and contain an intense concentration of antioxidants and nutrients like anthocyanins, omega fatty acids, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and tannins that support healthy cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, and immune system functions.
Antioxidants are not used to treat disease but are believed to help to reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and other diseases in some circumstances. Free-radicals damage DNA and other cellular structures which in turn can cause cells to slow down, replicate uncontrollably, live for excessively long or short periods of time, develop unwanted abnormalities, and contribute to premature aging.
Antioxidants play an important role in cardio-vascular health. Cells damaged by free-radicals along artery walls can become inflamed and act as a binding point for cholesterol which can develop into blocked arteries.
Studies show that antioxidants, when used with other nutrients and in optimal amounts, are one of the most effective ways to improve many of the biomarkers of aging. Appropriate exercise also appears to improve the biomarkers of aging but excessive exercise does increase free radicals by oxidation and cellular waste that our bodies may not discard without the use of supplements. A low calorie but high nutrient diet is another main factor associated with better health and longevity.
The following products contain optimal ratios of antioxidants, acai juice, transfer factor, vitamins, and other nutrients that work together to multiply the benefits and effectiveness of antioxidants. They were developed and patented by 4Life Research after many years of study and testing to find which combination of ingredients created the most beneficial and superior results. You can click on the product title to locate product descriptions and the "Product Profile Sheet" PDF files at the bottom of each page for more detailed information.