Stress is an antioxidant burner. Antioxidants play a vital role in our body functions. The known antioxidants in the human body are vitamins A, carotinoids, E & C.
However, trace minerals like molybdenum, manganese, selenium and the amino acid-complex l-Glutathione or the enzyme super oxid dismutase (SOD) are also important for us. Free radicals, which are special molecules reduces the antioxidant potential in the body. Stress may cause lowered antioxidants level.
Now you could try to avoid always all kind of negative stress for the rest of your life! Okay but this is not a good deal because stress is a normal part of our life. But we can take certainly take dietary antioxidants supplements and we can eat antioxidant-rich foods to keep their levels at optimum levels. Antioxidants are vital as they minimize stress-induced damages, keep our body’s cells healthy and help us lead a better life under stressful conditions.
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Common Sources of Stress
- Hectic lives
- Time pressure
- Nutritional Deficiencies (f.e. B-vitamins, magnesium etc.)
- Sleep Deprivation
- Traumas (mental, emotional, physical)
- Heavy Metals, titanium oxide too
- Allergies f.e. to food or inhalant
- Chronic disease etc.
- Environmental toxins, pollutants, pesticides etc.
- Very cold weather/temperatures or hot/very hot
- Medicals drugs
Make Food your Medicine
The daily food is the base for our antioxidants level. As Nutrition Consultant I think that a little “Antioxidants Killers” is okay. But too much fast food etc. is unhealthy.
Antioxidants Killers: fast food/junk food, sugary soft drinks, cola, potato chips, candy/sweets, fat-rich foods, coffee.
Top Antioxidants Foods: garlic, himalayan salt/stone salt, sea salt, goat milk, yoghurt etc., buttermilk, mango, orange, pumpkin, carrots, aubergine, tomato, olive fruits, culinary herb rosemary, all dark green vegetables, all fresh and dried fruits, red grape, citrus fruits, berries, pomegranate.
Which Diseases may have a link to low Antioxidants?
- All stress-induced diseases
- Complications at diabetes mellitus (f.e. diabetic neuropathy or diabetic cataract)
- Liver damage & liver diseases
- More side effects by medicals drugs
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Environmental-induced diseases
Antioxidant Power Foods
Mangosteen is grown f.e. in Asia or Puerto Rico. This tropical fruit contains powerful antioxidants and has many benefits for our generally health. Xanthones are the base active substances of the Mangosteen fruit. But also it contains polysaccharides, proanthocyanidins, sterols (f.e. stress reducing) and catechins (good for allergics). Xanthones may help neutralize free radicals (this molecules reduces the antioxidants), support the immune system and maintain intestinal health, maintaining an optimum stress-balance.
Goji berries are important to support a healthy immune system (i.a. for stress balance) and intercellular communication too. These berries contain unique compounds known as Lycium barbarum polysaccharides such as rhamnose, xylose, glucose, mannose, arabinose & galactose.
Glyconutrients give the immune system enough power so that the resistance level against stress increases. The Goji berry contains a big spectrum of healthy substances such as carotinoides (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, Luteine, Zeaxantene), polyphenenole, vitamins f.e. some B, C, minerals and trace minerals i.a. molybdenum and manganese. Also the enzyme super oxid dismutase is found in the Goji berry. I recommend dietary supplements, juice or dried goji for all type of stress.
Acai is a fruit that grows on the Acai palm Trees in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil and his antioxidant power is 10 times higher as red grapes and twice that of blueberries. Acai is a powerful antioxidant (Anthocyanosides) and immune-support (immune-stress-balance). Add freeze dried Acai powder for your breakfast in yoghurt or pan cake mixture and have in the morning an “antioxidant kick”. For me Acai is an all-round supplement for stress, especially chronic stress cases.
Blueberries have high antioxidants called anthocyanidins & ellagic acid, both neutralize free radicals. Blueberries have cardio protective effect, improve the brain function, may reduce LDL cholesterol and protection against macular degeneration. In cases of toxins-induced diseases (chemical sensible people) I recommend blueberry extract. It is also helpful in case of toxins-induced dementia.
Rooibos Tea also contains the enzyme super oxide dismutase, which is a powerful antioxidant and has effects to detoxification. This tea comes from South Africa and promotes the reduction of environmental toxins and pollutants. All these may be possible stressors/stress factors. Redbush tea has a caffeine free base and contains some minerals and trace minerals such as magnesium, zinc, manganese and iron.
Green Tea and his active ingredients are polyphenols/epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). The antioxidant power of this compound is over 25 to 100 times more potent as vitamins C and E. I recommend green tea extract, manufactured caffeine free (f.e. with 95 % polyphenols/70 % EGCG) most in combinations with other antioxidants. But I give also only green tea extract for stress involved diseases such as allergies or for toxin-induced stress or generally as antioxidant-boost. Green tea (extract) has effect as natural ACE-inhibitor to lower blood pressure, may reduce blood sugar in diabetics and is good for cholesterol-healthy.
Natural Glutathione Activators
Glutathione is the number one in the human body as antioxidant. Its formed from amino acids glutamic acid, cysteine and glycine. In the body Glutathione is found in the lungs, liver and intestinal tract. Glutathione protects cells from toxins and free radicals. Good sources of Glutathione f.e. are watermelon, zucchini, asparagus and avocado.
Ginkgo Biloba is known in the traditional medicine to treat circulatory disorders and enhance memory. Ginkgo leafes contain flavonoids and terpenoids, which have antioxidant properties. Ginkgo may also reduce high Cortisol level. I recommend ginkgo extracts f.e. for toxins-induced stress.
Milk thistle is a great plant – why? Silymarin is the key active compound in milk thistle. This substance can increase Glutathione production in the liver by around 30 %. Silymarin also increases the activity of SOD/super oxid dismutase in red and white blood cells. Silymarin is ideal to support environmental-induced stress by f.e. heavy metals, toxins, pollutants and pesticides.
Milk thistle also is a good support for diabetics (type II) to reducing blood sugar.
Alpha-liponic acid is an also powerful antioxidant, which helps increase Glutathione. I recommend R (+) Alpha-Liponic acid for stress-induced high copper level in serum/blood or in cases of high Cortisol (at least 100 mg/day).Read my article Reducing High Cortisol Levels. Some manufactures for dietary supplements have a combination with alpha-Liponic acid, Silymarin and Glutathione, reduced or other powerful antioxidants. It also prevents complications of diabetics f.e. neuropathy.
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