are by far the most potent anti-aging agents as free
radical scavengers. It is proven that taking antioxidants
result in longer life and lower incidence of disease
by decreasing disease susceptibility and are a must
in any anti-aging diet. Whether supplementation with
antioxidants alone retards aging, is yet unproven. The
three antioxidants which are best known for their activity
Vitamins E - the most significant
fat-soluble, chain-breaking antioxidant in human blood.
Sufficient Vitamin E increases immune response and resistance
to infection. It also exerts cancer-inhibiting properties
and protects from toxic chemical agents (mercury, lead,
ozone). Supplement with 300 IU.
Vitamin C - the primary water-soluble
antioxidant obtained from food and has proven beneficial
in the prevention of cardiovascular
disease and immune enhancement. Vitamin C is also
essential for optimal brain metabolism, carnitine synthesis
and manufacturing connective tissue. As an effective
free radicals, it also and protects against LDL
In some cases it may act as a pro-oxidant, a function
counteracted by Vitamin E, hence it is essential that
these vitamins be supplemented together. The most effective
form is Ester-C, with 500 mg taken between meals.
Alpha Lipoic Acid [ALA] - is both
water and fat soluble and plays a role in glucose metabolism.
It lowers oxidative stress thus reversing age-related
decline in mitochondrial functions. Current recommendation
is to take 120 mg daily.
detailed information on antioxidants.