Monday, April 17, 2017

Adding in Antioxidants


Antioxidants are beneficial chemicals that help to neutralize toxins in your
body. Considering that the toxic load most people are exposed to continues
to rise with each passing year, antioxidants are becoming more and more
important for overall health. Some antioxidants have specific actions on different
parts of the body, and some have a more general effect, but all of them
are helpful.

People can produce antioxidants in their bodies, and the level at which
they’re able to do so is a genetic factor. You can’t do much about your genes,
but you can make sure you’re getting plenty of antioxidants through diet and
supplementing.

Here are some of the antioxidants that you should try to include in your diet
and supplement regimen, and the doses that I think are the most beneficial:

Glutathione: This is the most important antioxidant our body produces.
It can be supplemented at 3,000 milligrams per day.
✓ Alpha-lipoic acid: ALA is extremely effective for detoxing the liver. Take
800–1,600 milligrams per day.
✓ Silymarin: Often called milk thistle, this one increases glutathione and
can really boost your liver health. Take 100 milligrams per day.
✓ N-acetylcysteine: It offers liver protection and helps boost pancreas
function in diabetes. Take about 600 milligrams per day.
✓ Selenium: I discuss this mineral earlier in the chapter. It improves thyroid
function, increases glutathione, decreases the effects of mercury,
and is shown to decrease cancer in rats. Try to get about 100 micrograms
each day.
✓ Melatonin: This one stabilizes sleep and reconstitutes glutathione. Aim
to get 3–12 milligrams per day.
✓ Sulforaphane: Also called broccoli seed extract, this potent multipurpose
antioxidant increases glutathione and has anticancer properties. Use 500
milligrams daily.
✓ Resveratrol: This exciting new antioxidant has anticancer properties
and offers improvement in blood sugar control for diabetics. Thirty milligrams
per day will do the job.
✓ Coenzyme Q10: This is a required enzyme for the production of energy
inside every cell in your body. It also has antioxidant properties. You
can supplement with 100–200 milligrams per day.
✓ Vitamin A: This vitamin has strong antioxidant properties. Take 7,500
micrograms per day.
✓ Vitamin C: Another vitamin that offers excellent antioxidant effects,
Vitamin C also suppresses cancer growth in high doses. Take 2,000 milligrams
per day, and up that number to between 4,000 and 8,000 milligrams
if you’re sick.
✓ Lycopene: It decreases the risk for prostate cancer in men.
✓ Beta-carotene: This precursor to vitamin A packs a healthy antioxidant
punch. Shoot for about 25,000 micrograms per day.
✓ Vitamin D: I talk about vitamin D in my section on vitamins earlier in
this chapter, but it’s also worth noting that it works wonders as an
antioxidant. Take 2,000 to 5,000 international units each day. Have your
doctor check your level.

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