We talk about antioxidants a lot…but that’s because they are so essential! They are arguably the most important line of defense when it comes to our overall health - our body's "soldiers" that defend against free radical damage and keep our immune systems working strong. So it’s imperative that we make sure that we are getting the proper amount of antioxidants every day!
Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals in our body, protecting the structural integrity of cells and tissues and when that doesn’t happen - the free radicals can cause damage in our bodies. This can lead to inflammation and even though inflammation is actually an important function of the immune system, when it goes out of control, it can cause serious damage. It’s been linked to major diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and even signs of aging.
Antioxidants are a vital part of our daily skin care routine. Free radicals are the biggest skin aging culprit because they damage healthy skin cells. Antioxidants are a skin care hero because they limit free radical damage while also protecting and supporting new and existing collagen! This leads to a brighter, more youthful complexion while also increasing skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Because free radicals are so pervasive – we need a constant supply of antioxidants to disarm them. Our body’s cells naturally produce some powerful antioxidants, like alpha lipoic acid. Unfortunately, the addition of environmental free radicals (i.e. air pollution, UV light, cigarette smoke) means we need to take in more antioxidants every day from outside sources - like food and supplements - to neutralize them.
Eating foods rich in antioxidants is one way to ensure that we are getting our daily dose! Antioxidants are readily available in the foods we eat, especially fruits and vegetables. Typically, the brighter or deeper the color, the higher the antioxidant value. Think green leafy veggies, and bright, colorful berries. (Good news - green tea, coffee and dark chocolate are also renowned for being good sources of antioxidants!)
Antioxidant supplements are another good option and Glotrition’s Super Beauty Elixir is chock full of them! The powerful antioxidants Resveratrol and Vitamin C form the base of the Super Beauty Elixir while fresh dried tart cherry, cranberry and blueberry fruit powders add more natural antioxidants as well as a boost of flavor. Adding the Elixir to your daily beauty wellness routine is a great way to ensure you are getting all the antioxidants your body and skin needs!
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