Therefore, our body needs the support of its fight against free radicals by the additional input of antioxidants.
A healthy body is able to generate sufficient amounts of antioxidants, which neutralize harmful oxidative effects of free radicals. The body, weakened by illness, the body of elderly people or people who take an unhealthy and monotonous food, produces fewer antioxidants, which creates an opportunity for the harmful effects of free radicals.
The free radicals play a significant role in the occurrence of many diseases, such as of the lungs and heart diseases, as well as cancer. According to studies, antioxidants have beneficial effects in these diseases. The most important antioxidants are vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and selenium. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), zinc, ginkgo biloba, gamma-linolenic acid, L-cysteine, L-glutathione, SOD and other substances also have an antioxidant effect.
The most important antioxidants - vitamin C, vitamins A and E, beta-carotene and selenium - improve our health each separately, but according to the experience, their joint reception enhances their effect.
Beta-carotene is a provitamin A, which means that the body produces vitamin A from beta-carotene as much as it needs. Vitamin A is essential in the treatment of many diseases of the eye, it protects the airway from infection and has a beneficial effect on skin, hair, teeth and gums.
Selenium as well as vitamin E, prevents or retards the aging of tissues. Together, they operate with greater intensity than in isolation, ie they differ synergistic effect. Selenium neutralizes the action of some carcinogenic substances and may protect the body against certain tumors. It reduces fever and a feeling of discomfort during menopause. Men need more selenium, as its major part is concentrated in the testes, and a considerable amount excreted together with sperm.
In the process of evolution, plants have acquired the ability to adapt to climate change and protect against adverse environmental effects. Climatic zones of the Earth are extremely varied, but the plant life survives in the harshest conditions. This is facilitated by various antioxidant compounds that plants produce. Modern antioxidant complexes also include plant extracts, which allows to significantly increase their efficiency and expand the range of beneficial effects.