Antioxidants are popular in the arena of nutrition because they slow down or mitigate the side effects of the natural oxidation process that occurs when cells oxidize during normal cellular metabolism. What is created during this process are free-radicals - these free radicals can accelerate aging and tissue breakdown. No thank you! This is why supplementing antioxidants help to squelch that effect and support tissue health -repairing; thereby assisting in longevity and overall health.
As far as herbal medicine goes - it’s entirely chocked full of antioxidant power. As a matter of fact, it would be hard to find an herb that wasn’t antioxidant in some way or another. For instance- Turmeric, Ginger, Green Tea, Holy Basil, and Seaweed are naturally very high in antioxidant power. That is one reason they are so highly desired for their anti-inflammatory effects. They mitigate inflammation in the body, and allow for accelerated healing. This involves everything from general pain in the body, to cardiovascular health to brain health, and even cancer.
Vitamin C is a well known and well-studied antioxidant, including in the prevention and treatment of cancer. The ideal source of Vitamin C would be whole food forms such as oranges, other citrus fruits, broccoli, acerola berries, greens (spinach, kale chard), etc. These whole foods are easily assimilated very similar to how whole plant herbs are the best form of antioxidants. In order to benefit from the antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C, it is important for the body to ‘recognize’ it. Therefore the closer to nature it is, the more valuable and useful it is.
When sourcing produce we highly recommend choosing your local farmers market - it’s the most fresh and nutrient dense food you can purchase! Check out this link for the San Diego markets!
If you’re looking to supplement antioxidants, we recommend Botanical Treasures by Natura. We love this product because it delivers broad spectrum antioxidant activity to quench free radicals, thereby normalizing gene behavior and supporting healthy aging. In addition to your healthy diet of course!