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On Health, Longevity, And Fitness With Antioxidants

by Mark Cammack    June 7, 2018

Beautiful shiny steel chain stretching across part of a gorgeous dark blue lake. White clouds from the light blue sky are reflected in the water. Resplendent green trees and a few buildings are in the background.

The pristine chain above is like new. It is in its original vibrant state.

Weathered large brown rusty steel chain anchored to a gray boulder. Green moss is growing nearby.

The weathered chain is slowly decaying with brown rust. This is from the iron content reacting with oxygen and moisture in the environment. Antioxidants can help prevent this reaction. People may experience similar events.

What is aging? We tend to associate it with chronological years or time. I would like to challenge that concept. What is occurring are changes at different rates for different people.

How is it possible that someone 60 years of age looks and has the physical abilities of a person in their 30's or 40's? Their youthful state has been maintained to a higher degree than other individuals. This does not seem to be by pure chance.

A common explanation is that the forever young have good genetics. This may be true. However, this in and of itself is a limited view. We can increase our hope of a favorable outcome by focusing on ways to enhance our well-being. It is also possible that genetic switching can occur as environmental factors turn on or off certain genes. This is somewhat similar to a light switch mechanism with the effect being either a bright or dark room.

By using the large number of factors within our control, improvement is possible. There are many life choices to make. The brain and body must be looked after with vigilance as though they are our most valuable possessions.

The people who enjoy life and look younger commonly practice positive ways of maintaining their abilities and appearance. An example of this is eating a high ratio of anti-aging and detoxifying nutrients to calories. The list includes whole fruit in moderation and ample vegetables. Good choices are blackberries, blueberries, tart cherries, avocados, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and many varieties of green leafy vegetables. These quality foods are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. The antioxidants can lessen damage to our cells from reactive oxygen. The phytonutrients are a broad range of substances in plants that are of benefit to our health.

When added sugar and junk foods are reduced or eliminated, the ratio of quality nutrition to inferior fare is increased. Sugar can promote body fat and wrinkles with cross-linking in our skin. One way that crinkles happen is with glycoprotein formation. This is when a carbohydrate attaches to a protein. It is therefore desirable to have a high antioxidant and low sugar intake. We do not need pro-oxidative foods or polluted air. This includes oxidized oils and breathing smoke or smoking. Have you seen the hot cooking oils used over and over again at some restaurants? These can promote inflammation and unwellness. Have you noticed that smokers tend to form wrinkles? Such items should be on our list of things to avoid if we want to retain youthfulness.

A good habit of the young-looking is to exercise regularly and stay active. The saying when I rest, I rust is apt. Of course, this is not oxidative rust but rather disuse. If we rest too much as a lifestyle, we may decay similar to the weathered chain.

We can use anti-oxidants both internally and externally. While Vitamins C and E are often taken as dietary supplements, they may also have protective or healing effects for the skin. There is commonly a lessening of scar tissue with ample applied Vitamin E regularly. There are two widely available forms of the nutrient. The preferred type is the natural D-alpha-tocopherol and not the synthetic Dl-alpha-tocopherol. A formula I have used for minor burns was lavender oil initially and then E oil.

If the rusty chain in the photo had been kept coated with fresh Vitamin E since it was new, it is unlikely that rust would have formed. What do you think might happen if we keep adequate levels of Vitamins C and E in our bodies? Perhaps these ideas can help in the effort to free us from the rusty chains of oxidation.


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