Role of Oxidative stress and its opponents: Antioxidants

It is best to be aware of how the biomolecular mechanisms take place within us. One such process is oxidation, which is an essential chemical process resulting in the breakdown of oxygen molecules into free radicals or active oxygen. This active form is then readily available for reacting with other molecules. Any imbalance in this process is perceived as a stress to the body, hence named oxidative stress. This imbalance can be due to free radicals produced inside the body or from external sources like smoking, toxic air pollution, heavy metal ions, radiations, etc. This disproportionate number of free radicals that outnumber their fighters, called antioxidants, start to damage the cells by attacking DNA, proteins, fats, etc.

What are the consequences of oxidative stress?

Prolonged and persistent damage caused by oxidative stress can lead to diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, vascular problems like hypertension (high blood pressure) and atherosclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases, accelerated aging processes, and inflammatory conditions.

What can be done?

There is a defense mechanism or a shield which counteracts the oxidative stress, and that shield is called antioxidant. Antioxidants work by scavenging the free radicals, thereby putting a halt to the ongoing damage, repairing the DNA, and reviving the cells.

One might ponder over the source of antioxidants. Hundreds and thousands of substances have antioxidative properties including vitamins C and E, beta carotene, lycopene, selenium, manganese, etc., these substances can be easily acquired from certain dietary sources like fruits, vegetables, turmeric, cinnamon, etc. and from nutritional supplements like SynergenO2.

SynergyO2, with its dietary supplements, has provided easy access to essential antioxidants and anti-aging substances. Who doesn’t desire a wrinkle-free, young skin? As opposed to the skin that bags along with age, but aging is not limited to the skin, internal organs age too. Therefore, the target of antioxidants is to decelerate the aging process at the molecular levels by minimizing the effects of oxidative stress.

Why should we take supplements when natural dietary sources are available?

Regular physical activity, exercise, and a nutritious diet undoubtedly empower the antioxidative capacity of the body. Still, with the worsening environmental situation and poor dietary habits, an unvarying supply of antioxidants cannot be maintained, which is necessarily required to maintain a steady proportion. Moreover, with an artificial and intensive agricultural approach, micronutrients are sparse. Therefore, dietary supplements rich in antioxidants like SynergyenO2 are particularly essential for children, elderly, weak, and immunocompromised. Even healthier individuals can boost up their health, wellness, and skin by such fortified supplements.

  • Role of some of the antioxidants packed in SynergenO2 supplements:
  1. Vitamin C is the first pillar of defense against oxidative stress.
  2. Vitamin E protects against atherosclerosis, lowers the incidence of cancers such as breast, prostate, and colon, and fights against Alzheimer’s disease
  3. Carotenoids help against inflammatory reactions, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis, and mortality.
  4. Melatonin regulates the biological clock and circadian rhythm of the body aiding in cognition.

In a nutshell, dietary supplements rich in antioxidants can be made part and parcel of daily life to fight against the free radicals, improving quality of life, increasing disease-free period and longevity, decelerating the aging process, improved skin, enhancing physical stamina, and last but not least rescuing from diseases like Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular, thereby providing a psychological sense of well-being.

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