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Antioxidant Protection

Powerful antioxidant to reduce cell damage by free radicals

An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death to the cell. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions.

Antioxidants are the bodies natural defense mechanisms against the damaging effects of "free radicals" and oxidation reactions that damage cells and cause disease. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

How do antioxidants work?

Antioxidants work primarily by removing free radicals, terminating the destructive chain reactions through which these free radicals damage cells. Antioxidants do so by reacting with the free radical, and are thus "used up" when they terminate the reaction.

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This function of antioxidants explain their remarkable ability to protect the body against a wide variety of threats. For example, the antioxidant lutein, a carotenoid found in many plants, absorbed into the body when we eat those plants, is known to protect against radiation damage: when radiation enters the body and breaks apart a molecule producing a free radical, lutein neutralizes the free radical, thus reducing the amount of radiation damage.

Oxidative stress is associated with many types of illness, so antioxidants can protect against a broad range of different stressors on the body.

The richest source of these key nutrients, antioxidants, is in fresh fruit and vegetables. The best way to ensure you are getting enough antioxidants is to eat a wide range of different coloured fruits and vegetables. While this all sounds good in theory, in reality most people do not have a perfect diet and would often fall short in the fruit and vegetable department.

And, not all fruit and vegetables are equal in antioxidant content; in fact there are huge differences between many. For example 10grams of dried goji berries provides you with the equivalent antioxidant content of 1 cup of watermelon, 1 banana, half a cup of broccoli and 1 carrot combined! Imagine how much fruit and vegetables you would need to eat to get the antioxidants from an entire packet of dried goji berries. Morlife has incorporated antioxidant superfoods (like goji berries) into functional foods, so you are guaranteed an antioxidant boost when consuming these foods. Each product has been specially formulated to combine antioxidant rich nutrients with synergistic ingredients that boost the antioxidant content of these nutritious foods. Morlife has created a dynamic and delicious range of antioxidant rich functional foods to appeal to every taste.

What causes Free Radicals?
  • UV light (sunlight)
  • Pollution (car fumes, factory fumes)
  • Herbicides (from unwashed fruits and vegetables)
  • Synthetic chemicals (general household cleaners)
  • Cigarette smoke (including second hand smoke)
  • Alcohol
  • Medications
  • Radiation (X-rays, irradiated foods)
  • Illnesses and infections
  • Heavy metals
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Even breathing and digesting your food

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Antioxidant substances include
  • Beta-carotene
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin AVitamin C
  • Vitamin E
Antioxidants are found in many foods. These include fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, and some meats, poultry and fish. One of the ways humans decrease oxidation that feeds free radical damage is to eat more foods high in anti "oxidants" and less foods that are refined, processed, cooked or highly denatured.

Antioxidant Metabolites:
There are 5 special anti oxidants that work together in a dynamic way, networking to synergistically strengthen and stimulate one another. This is an important thing to take into consideration, if your trying to boost levels.
  • Ascorbic acid - or Vitamin C is a water soluble molecule and an essential element to immune health and free radical destruction.
  • Glutathione - the most abundant of the network, found in virtually every cell. It is produced by the body from 3 amino acids found in food: glutamid acid, cysteine, and glycine.
  • Vitamin E (Tocotrienols) - is the bodies primary fat soluble anti oxidant. You must obtain Vit E from food sources.
  • Co Q10 - is a fat soluble anti oxidant that works intimately with Vit E to protect the fatty part of cell structure from attack by free radicals.
  •  Lipoic Acid - can significantly increase levels of Glutathione. It is also the only one known to be soluble in fat and in water.

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