Antioxidants –What are they?

Despite the fact that they were discovered in 1948, the general public still don’t understand what they are, that our bodies manufacture them, and the important role they play in protecting us from literally rusting away.

As the name suggests antioxidants combat oxidization of cells in the body which are said to cause a barrage of diseases including high blood pressure.

Try an experiment.

Take the juice of a lemon which contains vitamin C and coat one half of a freshly cut apple with it but not the other half. You will notice the uncoated half will start to turn brown very quickly. This reaction is called oxidization.

The other half coated with lemon juice, however, takes much longer to turn brown because the vitamin C, an excellent antioxidant, slows this erosive process right down.

The same erosive process is going on within the cells of our bodies continuously, and although it is an essential process, our bodies try to keep it in check by its own manufactured “endogenous” antioxidants, otherwise we would get very sick or just “rust” away.

Nutritionists and health practitioners recognise …

The relationship between coenzyme q10 and heart health can be summed up in one sentence – Every muscle in the body, particularly the heart, the muscle that has most demand for coenzyme q10, cannot function without this vitamin, which is vital for life itself.

Though it be an important cofactor in the smooth running of cardiovascular function, it is not stressed enough in the opinion of many conscientious doctors, who have seen a coenzyme q10 deficiency in their patients when treating serious heart conditions.

To explain the importance of coenzyme q10 in the control of high blood pressure and the health of the heart, you need to start by knowing what it is and how it works.

The next step is to understand what happens when it is depleted, what factors can cause this, how statins and coq10 depletion are connected, and lastly, how supplementing has been proven to help restore the energy and efficiency of the heart. I will try and explain coenzyme q10 and heart health as simple as possible using the drawing of the cell below. You can refer to it with each section to get a …