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Antioxidants are the body’s defense against oxidation and the destruction of cells from free radicals which, in turn, play a significant role in premature aging, cancer, arthritis, heart attacks, strokes, and lung disease. Oxygen is often viewed as a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is critical to life; without it, the human body dies in just about four minutes. One the other hand, however, oxygen destroys the body through oxidation, leading to a slow death or early disease state. That is why the body is equipped with essential antioxidants which protect it from this oxidation and prevent the degenerative process.

There are many antioxidants in the body to protect us. However, long-term improper diet, deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals, the presence of chemical pollutants currently found in our air, food, water, smoke, and tobacco, all mean our bodies need outside help. Many pollutants deplete some of the body’s own defenses against free radical damage. It is estimated that DNA (responsible for reproducing our perfect cell matches) are bombarded with 75,000-100,000 free radicals every day! Realizing this, it becomes clear why keeping up with the essential vitamins and minerals, as well as other potential anti-oxidants, is so important to our health. 

Many of the body’s antioxidants can be found in a high-quality organic vitamin/mineral component such as the SONA Multi Vitamin. Following is a list of some of the most powerful antioxidants that the body uses. Keep in mind some of these require other vitamins and minerals to work properly. This is why it is always best to take a whole food vitamin/mineral complex rather than isolated nutrients. Also, stay away from synthetic vitamins; they are virtually worthless. Any minerals you take have to be chelated (meaning tied to an amino acid).

Vitamin E is the primary fat-soluble antioxidant and is located in every cell membrane in the body. When Vitamin E scavenges free radicals it in turn becomes a vitamin E fee radical. Fortunately vitamin C turns it back into its antioxidant form so it is able to scavenge again. This process is repeated over and over again. Of course smokers deplete most of the vitamin C out of their body which may explain why their skin ages so much faster than normal.

Vitamin A helps slow down aging and fights cancer in addition to maintaining the body’s immune system, and plays a key role in digestion as well as many other functions. Best to get from natural sources such as carrots, beets, spinach, and broccoli. Don’t overdose from vitamin A.

Vitamin C may be the single most important supplement, in addition to its role of regenerating Vitamin E. Many doctors now use mega doses as a healing protocol. Just a few of the many benefits include the boosting the immune system, protection against cancer, heart disease, mental health, as well as combating toxic substances in the air, water, and food. Vitamin C also plays a key role in holding the body’s connective tissue together. You should get enough if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and there is an extra 400 mg in the SONA formula. If you want or need additional support, then combining vitamin C with bioflavonoids with a hesperidin content of 22% is best. The product Bio C 1000 would prove to be helpful in this regard.

Glutathione Peroxidase is the general name of an enzyme family whose main biological role is to protect the body from oxidative damage. Having the mineral selenium in the body is critical to produce this enzyme. Some studies show that enlargement of the heart is connected to low levels of selenium, and is the cause of many deaths among athletes. Premature aging is also shown to be connected to selenium. The dependency on selenium for glutathione production is only one example of how important the necessary balance of vitamins and minerals is to overall health.

Other key minerals such as manganese, copper, and zinc also provide key support for enzymes that are antioxidants. Such support underlines the need to take a quality vitamin/mineral supplement.