Nutrition for Antiaging

World-renowned researchers, scientists and antiaging experts agree — Antioxidants are the nutritional secret for a longer, healthier life. They help you stay young and prevent degenerative diseases.

The benefits of antioxidants are incredibly numerous and far-reaching — that's what you'll discover as you explore this site. They are the foundation of any healthy diet.

"There is now overwhelming
scientific evidence demonstrating that
people who eat a diet rich in antioxidants
and take antioxidant supplements
live longer, healthier lives."

Dr. Lester Packer, PhD.

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are nutrients produced by your body and also obtained from eating antioxidant-rich foods. They can be vitamins (A, C and E are the most familiar ones), minerals, or various phytochemicals (plant chemicals).

There are over 900 known phytochemicals (and countless other unknown ones) found in plant foods, and one serving of a fruit or vegetable may have as many as 100 different phytochemicals.

How do antioxidants work?

Antioxidants play a very specific role in your body's natural defense system. Their job is to protect your cells against damage from excessive free radicals. Free radicals are highly unstable and reactive particles produced as a normal byproduct of your metabolism.

Free radicals are a necessary part of your defense system as well; however, excessive free radical activity creates a damaging effect called oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is considered one of the primary causes of aging and degenerative diseases. I came up with at least 25 ways that oxidative stress is created.

You've seen oxidative stress at work many times before; it's the process that occurs when fruit rots or metal rusts. Your body ages in much the same way, except it happens from the inside out, at the cellular level.

Free radicals may cause some diseases all on their own, but more often, they weaken your immune system and make your body vulnerable to diseases caused by other factors. Here is what some leading antiaging scientists have to say about free radicals:

"Free radicals appear to play a central role in virtually every disease you can name, either directly or secondarily.…which disease develops depends on the site of the free radical attack."

Russell A. Blaylock, M.D.

"There are a lot of issues that my colleagues in antiaging medicine disagree on, but there's one that has near unanimous agreement: damage from free radicals is at the heart of aging."

Robert C. Atkins, M.D.

Antioxidants are the key
to any healthy diet.

There are many "healthy" diets around to choose from. I'm not here to recommend any one or the other — no one specific type is best for everyone. You have your own unique metabolism, and you'll feel best on a diet that matches it. However, one thing to know is...

What all healthy diets have in common
is an abundance and variety of unprocessed, antioxidant-rich foods.

A diet high in antioxidants is the most effective way to reduce the risk of many health problems associated with aging, including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, cataracts and macular degeneration, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and others. Information on this website will allow you to discover how to add more of the antiaging benefits of these nutrients to your meals — even if you feel "vegetably-challenged."

What you'll find on this website:

Practical and useful information about antioxidants — all of them from astaxanthin to zeaxanthin, in easy to understand language and without a lot of scientific jargon.

In addition, you'll also get:

  • Tips on how to get more antioxidants, every day
  • Which foods to eat for all the different antioxidants
  • Information on a wide range of superfoods and supplements
  • Name-brand nutritional supplements and many other health products at discount prices

I'm not a practicing healthcare professional or scientist, just someone who's been interested in preventive nutrition most of my life. While I've gathered information from countless sources over the years, some of the ones I trust and recommend most can be found at antiaging experts and health resources.

Finding the diet that works best for your health will take some trial and error. The more information you have, though, the better you'll be able to choose foods that work best for you. Whatever type of diet you end up with, antioxidant foods should play a significant part. Let me help you find ways to get more of them every day.

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