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February 13th, 2013

Antioxidants help stop oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals. It does this by donating an electron to the unstable molecule.  Essentially, they are substances that reduce, neutralize, and prevent the damage done to the body by free radicals. Aging and the numerous stresses our bodies endure increases our need for antioxidant supplementation.


Antioxidants can help by donating an electron which helps to decrease free radicals in the body.  A process called oxidation creates free radicals and this process happens in the context of normal metabolic processes and our everyday exposure to our environment.  Everything from eating, breathing, and going out in the sun all contribute to the process of oxidation, free radical formation, and the resulting damage that is caused to the cells in our bodies.


Source of antioxidants and dosage




Pine Bark


Canadian Pine Bark


170 – 340mg/day

Fruit of rosebush

Vitamin A

10,000 IU/day

Carrots, yellow vegetables

Vitamin C

50 - 2,000mg/day

Citrus fruits

Vitamin E

179 mg/day

Wheat germ, safflower oil


400 mcg/day

Walnuts, organ meats

Green Tea

80 - 200 mg/day

Green tea leaf

Co enzyme Q 10

30 - 100 mg (1-3X/day)

Bacteria, yeast


Other sources of antioxidants are naturally found in a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, grapeseed, lycopene from tomatoes, berries (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and cranberries), mangosteen, pomegranate, alpha-lipoic acid and bilberry.


The best approach to deal with oxidative stress is to get adequate sleep, exercise, whole foods (5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables) and supplement.  Take a multivitamin and look for a comprehensive list of antioxidants which includes vitamin A, C, E and selenium.



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