Last Updated on 12 April 2022 by Ray Plumlee

Taking Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Becomes More Important as We Age.
Taking Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Becomes More Important as We Age.

What is an Antioxidant?

This is a chemical which lowers a specific oxidation’s response rate in a particular situation. Here, oxidation responses are chemical responses where electrons move to an oxidizing agent from a substance.

How Antioxidants Function

Antioxidants belong to a category of nutrients which safeguard the body from harm triggered by varied elements. The most vital is oxidative harm caused by materials referred to as free radicals.

Free radicals are referred to as ROS or ‘reactive oxygen species. Your body produces them when it utilizes oxygen for energy. In the same way fire releases smoke as a secondary product, ROS are produced when oxygen is converted to energy inside the human body, finally leading to oxidative harm to the systems of the body.

When the body is exposed to car exhaust, cigarette smoke, pollution and other dangerous toxins in the environment, these are also forms of free radicals.

Their Importance

Various kinds of antioxidants exist and a lot of them function better when placed in pairs with other antioxidants. This is referred to as synergism. Vitamins like vitamins C and E can be antioxidants. The tripeptide glutathione which is grouped as an amino acid, functions as an antioxidant together with other real amino acids like methionine.

The raw vegetables and herbs we eat consist of carotenoids and bioflavonoids which are natural antioxidants. Independently, these are efficient antioxidants; however, their efficiency is increased when they are integrated synergistically with other antioxidants. Your cells are kept safe from electron theft by larcenous free radicals. This keeps your body safe from illness and reduces the pace of unavoidable aging signs.

For each person, antioxidants are vital supplements, but more so for people who work out often. The concept is that working out is an oxidative procedure which is very oxidative. Consequently, this produces free radicals from aerobic metabolism. Antioxidant compounds assist to lessen this procedure.

A diet which contains plant antioxidants is needed for great health as plants are a vital organic antioxidant chemicals source. Antioxidants are largely utilized in dietary supplements as ingredients; these are utilized for the purpose of health, like averting heart ailments and cancer.

Benefits of Antioxidant Supplements

A lot of researches have indicated advantages of antioxidant supplements; however, a number of major clinical tests have not managed to clearly portray an advantage for the formulations tested and too much supplementation might be dangerous.

Antioxidants are chemicals which lower oxidative harm to biochemicals and cells. Researchers have discovered a close connection between oxidative destruction and the incidence of illness. For instance, LDL oxidation is linked to heart ailments.

The procedure which leads to arthrosclerosis, atherogenesis and heart ailment is complicated. It involves a number of chemical networks and pathways; however, the forerunner is LDL oxidation through free radicals; this leads to swelling and creation of plaques.

After vitamins were discovered, it has been acknowledged that a diet consisting of antioxidants is necessary for healthy lives. Of late, a lot of evidence has built up which advises varied types of diet antioxidant supplementation to enhance well-being and prolong life.

A lot of firms for health food and nutraceuticals currently sell all kinds of antioxidants as a supplement for the diet. These supplements include particular antioxidant chemicals such as reseveratrol provided by grape seeds, blends of antioxidants such as ‘ACES’ products which consist of beta carotene or provitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C and Selenium. Specialty herbs such as Ginseng, Jiaogulan and green tea are included as well.

Why Antioxidants Are Popular

Today, antioxidants are very popular, and for good reason. Antioxidants assist to deactivate free radicals that lead to cell destruction which eventually causes heart ailment and cancer. Wherever you go, blueberry is famous and you can select from wild blueberry juice, blueberry cranberry juice, etc.

This is all good; however, we are fast to accept the newest frenzy about antioxidant food such as cranberries, pomegranates and blueberries and are neglecting some foods which are highly antioxidant which are possibly neglected inside our cupboards.

For instance, tiny red beans actually consist of more antioxidants per plate compared to the wild blueberry. Other foods which contain high antioxidants are blackberries, prunes, spinach, kale, plums and russet potatoes.

The reality is that a lot of foods which are high in antioxidants are available; therefore, you should not only confine yourself to a single specific source of food. This is because foods belong to varied color ‘families’ which have varied kinds of antioxidants with different advantages. For instance, nectarines and peaches which belong to the family of yellow-orange color assist our immune systems.

The media has spoken highly about antioxidants and many are aware that they are connected with anti-aging elements. In 1956, The Free Radical Theory of Aging which was a publication from Denman Harman stated that aging resulted from free radical destruction of the body’s cells. This is referred to as oxidative stress.

Nowadays, huge experimental evidence backs the claim that longevity of life depends on the important equilibrium of antioxidants with the body’s free radicals. Oxidative stress is indicated to be the source of illness and aging.

Researches with humans have indicated verification of free radicals destruction having a huge impact on human aging.

The Aging Process

We should reconsider what we think of aging. We embrace disability, illness, wrinkles and senility and all other indications of aging as normal. Rather, we should regard this as ‘unsuccessful aging,’ that is, aging linked to disintegration, illness and disability.

Successful aging occurs when the body of humans manages to battle oxidative stress and go on renewing and healing itself. Successful aging entails aging healthily, devoid of major pathological conditions.

The evidence informs us that it is vital for us to regard free radicals and antioxidants with seriousness if we desire aging well and keep away from the numerous hazards of ‘unsuccessful aging.’

Even young people can be victims of unsuccessful aging, if they are not providing their bodies with the necessary balance of having enough dietary antioxidants to fight off the free radicals.

In our current culture, a lot of us do not get sufficient nutrition. Sadly, most of us persist in destroying our bodies by drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, consuming junk food and not eating vegetables. When we were cautioned by the media about free radicals, a lot of us did not comprehend the major destruction we were wreaking on our bodies or the way to avoid this, particularly as many of the indications of damage are not visible until too late.


Destruction from free radical is accumulative and extends fast over time. Be kind to your body by providing it with a diet which has a lot of antioxidant nutrition.

Form a routine of consuming vegetables and fruits, take vitamins and attempt to reduce or stop destructive poor habits. In 20 years you will be grateful to yourself.

Make use of antioxidants for successful aging!

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After retiring in 1994, I kept myself busy traveling as an online web programmer. Maybe you heard of me, Have Web Sites Will Travel? I then retired for a second time in 2010. Recently to keep busy I started a 3rd career, a career dedicated to me. My full time dedication is to my health and fitness. My job is to research everything to do with health and fitness (Yes, sexual health) and everything else related. I workout 6 times a week, closely monitor my diet and nutrition. I have started an online blog dedicated to the health and fitness of men over 60. So you can see I keep myself very busy, a very necessary component of the life extension goal.

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Edith J. Devore

Awesome article it is. Antioxidants neutralize destructive free radicals in your body, which can cause a few genuine or hazardous illnesses and medical issues including coronary illness, malignancy, safe brokenness, diabetes, and degenerative cerebrum issue (counting dementia and Alzheimer’s malady). Destructive free radicals exist wherever in our condition, however they are gathered in contamination, chemicals, radiation, pesticides, liquor, drugs, undesirable sustenance and even daylight.

James Pothier

Ray once again another brilliant blog post. I’m delighted to learn how antioxidants are helpful to improve aging process. Looking forward to make use of antioxidants for successful aging!

Henderson H.

Thanks for taking the time to put up this information about Antioxidants. I guess you could say I am on a health kick. Better late than never I guess. As part of my research into a healthy diet I learned about Antioxidants. I had heard the term before but had no idea what the word meant let alone anything about free radicals, what foods and beverages are rich in Antioxidants or anything else. Thanks again!

Eddy F.

This was educational. All I knew about antioxidants was what I was once told long ago. Oxygen we need to live, but oxygen also rusts metal and breaks down everything else, organic or mineral. Pretty general, but this post and the video explained it very well. Thank you.

Philip Jones

I was reading this to educate myself about antioxidants and came upon the reference to cranberry juice. A friend has always been fanatical about the wellness properties of cranberry juice and these capsules I suppose are dried cranberry. Honestly I did not give her testaments much credence but obviously I should have. She does look younger than her age, and God knows she consumes a lot of cranberry juice.

Dean Dodge

The video appeared a bit dated but the information was excellent. Thank you for sharing it.


I have read in more than one publication that the antioxidants in blueberries are just a good start to a detox for your entire body! I love the taste and you can put them in just about anything which is nice!


And it’s also a great thing that blueberries can easily be frozen. Buy them during the season for cheap, eat from the same batch the rest of the year. Great in oatmeal as well!

Frank Brown

I love vegetables and fruits and I know they are good for me. Most fruits though I am leaving alone because I have started on an Atkins Diet. It is working, but I miss eating fruit, which I had replaced snacks with. I may have to modify my diet a bit I think.

Tim W.

After perusing your fine website one thing is clear to me. I have waited far too long to get serious about my personal fitness and overall health and wellness. I have done literally nothing but harm my body for six decades. Hopefully it is not too late to halt, and hopefully reverse some of the damage. I am in good health for my age, compared to the average American. Which unfortunately is not that much of an achievement. But I could have been well above average. Better late than never, right?

Jarrod J.

I had only a vague understanding of antioxidants and virtually nothing of reactive oxygen species or free radicals. I found this very informative, thank you.

John Bowcott

I assume I am like most people. When I was young I thought I was invincible and would live forever so I did not care for my body. Fortunately I did participate in sports. Now I am old, 63, I am trying to make up for lost time. Eating right, taking vitamins, and so on. I appreciated the tips.

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