Carotenes, Ascorbates and Flavones.
July 25, 2012 Admin 0
Right about now,carotenes, ascorbates and flavones. are gathering a lot of interest in the scientific (and not so scientific) community because of their often unique antioxidant activities. So many new and existing benefits are being touted and documented that some people are referring to them as ‘foundation’ nutrients.
Most of the existing antioxidants that people talk and write about are known to have ‘free radical quenching’ activities and travel round the body, if you like, as immune system gangbangers ready to beat up anything that resembles free radical activity. As antioxidants provide protection also from exercise induced stress like the damage caused by physical exertion and weight lifting, much has been said about most of the antioxidants already.
It is the lesser known antioxidants (most you may never have heard of) that are garnering the most interest right now and for good reason. Plant extract antioxidants (a.k.a plantioxidants) have marked antioxidant effects often way above ‘traditional’ antioxidants like Vitamin C. These include, but aren’t exclusive to: carotenes like beta and alpha carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin and lutein. Bioflavanoids with similar strong antioxidant properties include rutin and hesperedin.
The popular PA Flavone supplements available such as the polyphenolic flavones extracted from green tea, the proanthocyanidins from fruits and things like grape seed extract further expand the list of worthwhile supplements to consider, beyond.the traditional, C, E and Selenium school of antioxidant supplementation.
The potential protective effect and benefits of supplementing with the lesser known antioxidants can help reduce inflammation, boost your immune system beyond the usually easily attainable levels and complement existing antioxidants taken in from the diet. They are certainly something that should be acknowledged and utilised when the opportunity arises.
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