What is an antioxidant? To really understand what an antioxidant is we need to first understand oxidation. Oxidation is the loss of electrons. Oxidation quite simply is the loss of electrons when two or more substances interact. You can see oxidation take place when you cut into an apple and leave it sitting out. Oxidation can be seen by the browning of the white meat of the apple. Oxidation can also be seen in the rusting of metals. Now that we understand a little about what oxidation is we can move on to an antioxidant. Antioxidants slow down the oxidative damage that is produced naturally. When the cells of our body use oxygen they naturally produce free radicals. These free radicals can cause cell damage. Antioxidant act as free radical scavengers and prevent the damaging effects of oxidation. Oxidation has been linked to such problems as heart disease, diabetes, Cancer, macular degeneration and aging. Foods such as carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and kale to name just a few are high in vitamin A and carotids which act as antioxidants. Super foods like oranges, limes, green peppers, broccoli, and green leafy vegetables are high in vitamin C also are antioxidants. Of course, the best source of antioxidants is from our food but we can also obtain antioxidants through supplementation.
Antioxidants are important for heart disease because oxidation of cholesterol is believed to be the part of the problem of heart disease. According to Science News oxidized lipids play a major role in heart disease. Oxidized lipids are toxic to arterial cells and in vitro test showed that oxidized cholesterol decreases a cells ability to keep out calcium. Too much calcium kills cells and characterizes advanced atherosclerotic lesions (a hardening and narrowing of the artery). Science news went on to report that low density lipoproteins, (the bad cholesterol) will not enter arterial cells until oxidized. Unfortunately oxidized cholesterol does more than just damage the cardiovascular system. Cholesterol that has been oxidized also inflames the arteries and other tissue of the body as well. So it is not cholesterol that is the problem it is oxidized cholesterol. I hope that oxidized cholesterol sticks in your mind with regards to heart disease. We can lower cholesterol all we want but if it is being oxidized the potential for a cardiovascular event (stroke, heart attack) is still very much a threat. That is why you hear of individuals with normal blood cholesterol having a stroke or heart attack. So what is the answer? Well, with regard to oxidized cholesterol again antioxidants in the diet are the key. Second best is supplementation. There are many super fruits on the market today that are powerful antioxidant. Cardio Cocktail, a nutritious supplement for your heart has three.
That is why cardio cocktail is high in antioxidants. Supplements such as Mangosteen, Acai and Goji are known for their antioxidant properties. Mangosteen is known as a functional food and is sometimes called a Super Fruit. It is a super fruit because of its nutrient richness and its antioxidant strength. Laboratory studies suggest that xanthones present in mangosteen have anticancer effects. Mangosteen has also been found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal, and anti-septic properties. Mangosteen is truly an amazing fruit. No wonder Dr. James Duke a renowned ethnobotanists listed 202 possible benefits from this magnificent super fruit.
Acai is another fruit that has been making the news lately. Many people have been using Acai Berry as a dietary supplement for losing weight. Those who market and produce Acai claim that it increases energy, and improves sexual performance, digestion, aids in detoxification. Acai also has a high fiber content. These are just some of the benefits that acai is being marketed for. Acai has also been found to have antioxidant properties. It is been reported to inhibit hydrogen peroxide induced oxidation in neutrophils and have a stimulatory effect on nitric oxide production. For those trying to keep their cardiovascular system healthy nitric oxide production is what we want. Nitric oxide allows the arteries to relax increasing blood flow and has also been shown to be beneficial to the healing of the endothelial cells, the inner lining of the arteries. No wonder Acai is part of Cardio Cocktail.
The third ingredient making up the antioxidant properties of Cardio Cocktail is Goji, also known as Wolf Berry. Wolf Berry contains a significant percentage of our daily micronutrient needs. Goji contains 11 essential dietary minerals along with 22 trace minerals. It has 18 amino acids and 6 essential vitamins. It also contains beta-sistosterol and phyto-steroids and phyto-sterols. Published studies have are reported on the medicinal benefits of Goji due to its antioxidant properties. In China at Goji berries have been used to protect the liver, help eyesight, improves sexual function and fertility, strengthen the legs, boosts immune system, improved circulation and promote longevity. In 1994 the Chinese Journal of oncology found that people responded to cancer treatment better when goji was added to their regimen. Several test tube studies have shown that Goji Berries contains antioxidants that may prevent the growth of cancer cells, reduced blood glucose, lower cholesterol levels and assist those who have macular degeneration. Goji is another super fruit that makes up the winning combination of Cardio Cocktail.
I believe antioxidants are an important part of staying healthy and the research seems to support that view. However, antioxidants are only part of the solution for stopping cardiovascular disease. There are other nutritious supplements that can help relax arteries, lower triglycerides and improve blood flow. Cardio Cocktail is supplement which addresses the major needs of the cardiovascular system. I take two to three ounces everyday and I know that it is keeping my heart healthy.