Scavenges free radicals to decrease & prevent oxidative damage.
• Degenerative disease (prevention)
• Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
• Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
• Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
• Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
• Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
• Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
• Chinese peony (Paeonia lactiflora)
• Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)
• Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia)
• Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum)
• Garlic (Allium sativum)
• Holy basil, tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
• Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)
• Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
• Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)
• Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
• All systems
• Antioxidants are relatively reactive compounds that can both accept or donate a free radical
• Antioxidants have the potential to act as pro-oxidants under certain circumstances. Therefore concerns exist of people taking high amounts of antioxidants in supplement form.
• Dietary antioxidants appear safe & beneficial while controversy exist surrounding supplements
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