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Antioxidant Vitamins - Protecting the skin from free radical damage

Antiooxidants have a way of helping our bodies cope with the terrible environmental pollution that surrounds us. In addition to the antioxidants our bodies produce, nature provides us with hundreds of antioxidants (phytochemicals) in the foods we eat. Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds such as: enzymes, pigments, and hormones that plants create for their own protection and survival. They give plants their color, odor, and taste. Some, like beta-carotene, are well known, but 90 percent of phytochemicals are still unidentified. Beta-carotene is the carotenoid that gives carrots their orange color, but there may be as many as 600 different carotenoids in foods.

Your daily consumption of fruits and vegetables provide you with much of the beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants. However, because we do not know the quality of the soils from which our commercial or organic fruits and vegetables are grown, we cannot guarantee that we are totally protected from free radical damage. This is why it is so important to supplement with antioxidant vitamins.

Antioxidant vitamins are some of the most important supplements for reversing eczema:

Vitamin C and other antioxidants such as vitamin E, A , and D may be able to prevent environmental damage from the activity of free radicals. Anti oxidants stimulate collagen synthesis, improve the skin's texture, and help with proper essential fatty acid metabolism. Antioxidants beta carotene, and vitamins C and E are very important to protect the skin from free radical damage (Hudson, p.148).

Why whole foods are the best antioxidant supplements:

Most people take single antioxidant vitamins, such as Vitamins C, E and Beta Carotene. You are far better off using whole food antioxidants to nourish and protect your skin because whole food antioxidants contain the two types of antioxidants - the nutrients and their natural enzymes (man-made supplements do not).

The antioxidant nutrients (such as vitamins A , C and E) are derived from the diet and have their primary effect while circulating in the blood outside of the cells. The antioxidant enzyme system (super oxide dismutase "SOD", catalase and others found naturally in foods) is produced by the body inside and outside of the cells. This gives the anti oxidant enzyme system a much greater advantage in controlling free radicals because free radical production occurs primarily inside the cell.

One of the best antioxidants on the market today is a supplement made from organically grown wheat sprouts, wild-crafted blue green algae and red sea algae. Three powerful foods are in this one supplement. This supplement is a whole-food full spectrum antioxidant.

The wheat sprouts, wild-crafted blue green algae and red sea algae wholefood antioxidant supplement is the most effective first-line-of-defense against free radicals. It supplies the skin with antioxidant nutrients AND natural enzymes. The effectiveness of this product has been proven through 10 years of animal studies at Indiana State University and Wilkes University.

Being a whole food supplement, the wheat sprouts and algae not only contain the highest amount of antioxidant enzyme activity available today in any antioxidant supplement, but also contain every single co-enzyme factor naturally occurring within the sprouts and algae . This is very important, for as with any nutrient, enzymes do not work alone. The overall synergistic effect of having all of the enzymes together with vitamins and minerals instead of being isolated, as in many man-made antioxidant supplements, is a big reason why the wheat sprouts and algae supplement is able to deliver one million units of total antioxidant enzyme activity!

Other Antioxidants to consider in your nutritional supplementation program:

Grape seed and grape skin antioxidant supplement. This is a great antioxidant supplement combining grape seed and grape skin extracts with camu camu fruit, acerola, wild-crafted blue green algae, Japanese knotweed and rose hips. The active components of grapes are very effective at scavenging free radicals and preventing their formation.

This supplement contains one hundred percent of the recommended daily intake of both vitamin C and vitamin E.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). In any healing process CoQ10 is an essential supplement because it assists the body's cells in converting nutrients into energy. This antioxidant supplement has the ability to manipulate oxygen. It can add or take away oxygen for a given biochemical combination, moving oxygen into or out of the mitochondria. It can actually increase oxygen levels when necessary, and reduce them if they threaten to reach toxic levels. This is part of its role as an antioxidant.

This antioxidant supplement has a remarkable combination of organic flaxseed oil providing a rich source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, wild-crafted blue green algae, mechanically extracted carotenoids from red beta algae, fennel, rosemary, cinnamon, and ginger.

A summary of the anti-oxidant supplements you need to protect your skin:

Sprouts and Algae

Grape Seed and Grape Skin Antioxidant

Coenzyme Q10

(It is recommended that you start with one antioxidant at a time).

Other supplements needed for treatment of eczema:

Amino and Fatty Acids

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