Antioxidant Synergy 120 capsules - lipoic acid, vitamin C+E, co-Q10, NAC, selenium and resveratrol | AOR
AOR Antioxidant Synergy provides antioxidants for the maintenance of good health.
• keeps antioxidants in an active state
• protects against cellular damage
• synergistic actions
The Free Radical Threat
During the normal metabolism of cells, oxidation reactions produce harmful byproducts known as free radicals. These highly reactive molecules react with DNA, protein and other cellular components, causing a great deal of damage. In the process, they produce more free radicals in a chain reaction. Antioxidants are compounds that are able to quench free radicals and stop them from causing cellular damage.
However, most antioxidants become mild free radicals themselves in this process, which, in the long term can cause harm if not dealt with.
An Antioxidant Tag Team
The body contains 5 antioxidants that are able to recycle other antioxidants, keeping them in their active states. These include R+ lipoic acid, the vitamin E complex, vitamin C, glutathione (for which N-acetylcysteine is a precursor) and coenzyme Q10.
These 5 work together to enhance and extend each other’s antioxidant capacities. Other compounds act as antioxidant boosters, including bioflavonoids such as carnosic acid from rosemary, and selenium.
AOR’s Antioxidant Synergy contains the five antioxidant powerhouses to keep cells working optimally, along with the boosters to help their actions have the most impact.
The Antioxidant Network
The Antioxidant Problem
When free radicals tear through your body, the molecules they damage also become free radicals. The same is true of antioxidants. After quenching a free radical, an antioxidant molecule doesn't just disappear. Instead, used-up antioxidants are themselves transformed into mild free radicals. But because the "radicalized" antioxidant is less immediately toxic to the body than the free radicals they neutralize, the verall effect of antioxidants is favorable.
However, "radicalized" antioxidants can do long-term harm if they aren't properly dealt with. The most well studied example of this phenomenon is tocopherol-mediated peroxidation, or TMP, in which vitamin E family members block an incoming free radical from attacking a particle of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, but the "radicalized" antioxidant then initiates a slower, more insidious pattern of lipid peroxidation. Several studies suggest that TMP may play a devastating role in the long-term development of atherosclerosis.
The Antioxidant Solution
The potential for slow-acting pathology from "radicalized" antioxidants can be prevented through taking advantage of the unique synergistic interactions of an elite antioxidant strike force: the Networking Antioxidants.
When taken together, these specific, biologically essential nutrients form a dynamic team of synergistic "co-antioxidants." Networking antioxidants can "recycle" one another from their "radicalized" forms back into their active, antioxidant forms. There are exactly five networking antioxidants: R (+)-lipoic acid, the vitamin E complex (including the four tocopherols and four tocotrienols), vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, and glutathione (produced from N-acetylcysteine)
How it Works
The "bird's eye view" of the antioxidant network recycling process looks like this. First, the original free radical attacker is neutralized by a networking antioxidant. Unfortunately, the result is that the networking antioxidant is degraded into its free radical form. To save the body from disaster, the networking antioxidant is rejuvenated by a co-antioxidant from the antioxidant network team. A game of electron donating "hot potato" ensues, which ultimately results in rejuvenation of the networking antioxidant free radical by the active form of R (+) lipoic acid.
For the Antioxidant network to work optimally, it is critical to ensure that your lipoic acid supplement is in the form of R (+)-lipoic acid. Supplements labeled "alpha-lipoic acid" or simply "lipoic acid" contain up to 50% S (-)-lipoic acid, an unnatural molecule that hinders the ability of mitochondria to "charge up" R (+)-lipoic acid into its active form. As a result, the S (-)-lipoic acid in conventional "lipoic acid" supplements actually interferes with the recycling activity of the Networking antioxidants.
A Synergistic Effect
The networking antioxidants have a genuine synergy with one another. The effects of each networking antioxidant support greater functionality of the antioxidant network as a whole. No other antioxidants participate in the interlocking cycles of the antioxidant network. In fact, the ability of other antioxidants to play a protective role in the body depends on having a functional Antioxidant network - but not vice-versa.
However, a few antioxidants do play a supporting role to networking antioxidants, without fully participating in the antioxidant network recycling system. The best understood of these Network "boosters" are bioflavonoids and the mineral selenium. Among bioflavonoids, carnosic acid - which is found in the herb rosemary - is especially interesting because of its ability to repeatedly rearrange itself into a "cascade" of new antioxidant "booster" forms before being exhausted. Selenium supports the network by maintaining the body's supply of two key enzymes.
You'll want to ensure that you're taking the complete team of networking antioxidants, plus rosemary extract, resveratrol, and selenomethionine, as proven "boosters" of the Network itself .
Some supplements are suitable for both men and women of all ages as well as children. But other supplements are specifically targeted to the aging woman or man. Another supplement is especially suitable for athletes, regardless of gender.
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Heart disease: what are the differences between men and women?
Past week there was attention for new documentary called "De slag om het vrouwenhart", made by Hella de Jong, in which she relates about her quest for heart health. She suspected health problems, but wasn't sure why. After having been told her problems were psychosomatic, caused by her parents' traumatic WWII experiences, she wasn't satisfied and kept pushing for more research. Finally she got a massive heart attack while perfoming a stress test in the hospital.
This interview sent me on an immediate flashback to 1985, when my mom felt ill enough to visit the hopital after what was probably a minor heart attack. Her complaints weren't taken very seriously, yet they admitted her to hospital, though without being tied to a heart monitor. It was here she died that same day in the presence of my brother. When listening to Hella's story it seems there hasn't changed much in 35 years.
For a very long time, women were not taken into consideration when research was conducted on heart diseasae. Nor were they taken seriously when they went to their doctors with health complaints. Yet, among women, heart disease has also become the leading cause of death.
Determining heart disease risk in women
Women and men share many heart disease risk factors, but recent studies are showing what previous male-focused studies have not shown: Women also have their own unique heart disease risk factors.
Traditional risk factors common to both women and men:
- high blood pressure
- family history
- metabolic syndrome – the co-existence of high blood pressure, obesity, and high glucose and triglyceride levels
- high levels of C-reactive protein – a sign of inflammatory disease that can occur along with other cardiovascular risk factors
Some risk factors that relate specifically to women or that can affect women disproportionately include:
- relatively high testosterone levels prior to menopause
- increasing hypertension during menopause
- autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis – more common in women than in men
- stress and depression are more common among women
- low risk factor awareness: lack of recognition of many of the above conditions as risk factors for heart disease is a risk factor in itself
What causes night blindness?People with night blindness experience poor vision at night or in dimly lit environments, for which the medical term nyctalopia is used.
Although the term “night blindness” implies that you can’t see at night, this isn’t the case. You may just have more difficulty seeing or driving in darkness.
Some types of night blindness are treatable while other types aren’t. Once you know the cause of the problem, you can take steps to correct your vision.
Pigmentation spots : why do we get them when we age?Do you sometimes look down onto your arms and notice they are covered with white spots that resemble freckles in reverse?
Especially when arms get tanned in summer, these white spots tend to stand out more than ever.
This led me to the idea to look up what can be a cause of this weird pigmentation.
Mine turns out to be one called idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis (IGH), in other words, an unexplained teardrop-shaped lack of pigmentation, which is apparently very common among most people of over 40 years , but may also happen at a younger age. These white spots appear on the shins, legs, arms, and other sun-exposed areas of the body like the face, neck, and shoulders.
Apparently the body experiences a gradual reduction of melanoyctes and skin cells no longer produce pigment, a similar process that causes the graying of hair. The condition is also increasingly being seen in both sexes and darker skinned individuals with a history of long-term sun exposure, which has lead scientists to believe that excessive sun exposure and sun damage is another cause of these white spots.
They are generally 1 to 3 mm in size and commonly show up on the legs before progressing to other parts of the body.
These white spots are not caused by trauma or infection, nor do they indicate an increased risk of skin cancer.
Hereditary factors may be involved because this skin problem seems to run in families.
IGH is not related to vitiligo, in which melanin-producing cells called melanocytes die or are unable to function properly and no longer form melanin.
Other common causes of skin discolorations are
What are free radicals?The body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA.
Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and many others. They also may have a link to aging, which has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage.
Substances that generate free radicals can be found in the food we eat, the medicines we take, the air we breathe and the water we drink. These substances include fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides and air pollutants.
Free radicals are the natural byproducts of chemical processes, such as metabolism. Free radicals can be seen as as waste products from various chemical reactions in the cell that when built up, harm the cells of the body.
Yet, free radicals are essential to life. The body's ability to turn air and food into chemical energy depends on a chain reaction of free radicals. Free radicals are also a crucial part of the immune system, floating through the veins and attacking foreign invaders.
Tocotrienols are the reason why vitamin E is so popular againVitamin E was first discovered in 1922 when it was deduced to be an important dietary factor, necessary for reproduction, hence why it was called “fertility factor.” Only in 1938 the structure of the most common form of vitamin E, alpha tocopherol was fully elucidated.
Protect your body against the dangers of agingAntioxidants, everyone has heard of them, but only a few know what they really are and what they do.
Antioxidants are present in fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, where they protect the plant against insects. Fruits and vegetables that have bright, distinctive (dark) colors, have the highest amount of antioxidants, such as the very well known red tomatoes, blueberries, purple grapes, green (and purple!) kale, yellow corn and orange carrots.
Breathe in, breathe out!Did you ever notice you don't have equal air flow through each nostril? Most people alternate between breathing through the left and the right nostril. The only time you are vividly aware of the existence of such a cycle is when you have congestion in just one side of the nose, which results in only being able to breathe more easily every few hours and then feel congested in the other period.
Take 1 capsule four times daily with food, or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.
contains per daily serving (4 capsules)
R(+)-lipoic acid (sodium salt) 200mg
vitamin E Complex 400mg
- mixed tocopherols 350mg
-- RRR-Alpha-Tocopherols 52.8 mg
-- Gamma-Tocopherols 202.4 mg
-- Delta-Tocopherols 94.8 mg
- mixed tocotrienols 50mg
vitamin C (magnesium ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate) 420mg
co-enzyme Q10 30mg
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) 50mg
selenium (selenomethionine) 50mcg
rosemary extract 5mg
active ingredient (vitamins, R-alpha lipoic acid, N-acetylcysteine, resveratrol, rosemary extract, selenium), anti-coagulant (silicon dioxide), capsule (hypromellose)
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If you have diabetes, cystinuria, are pregnant, lactating, or trying to conceive, are under the age of 18, or are taking blood thinners, nitroglycerin or antibiotics, consult your health care practitioner before using this product.
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans