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Dave Foreman

Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns


by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old man’s concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, can’t sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Continuing with my approach for 2011, building a strong foundation is critical for your health. Building your supplement program shouldn’t be a headache or confusing. One of the key areas I focused on earlier in the year covered what antioxidants you should consider using if you had cardiovascular or blood sugar concerns. Since antioxidants are a critical component of achieving great health, my goal is to teach you to pick those antioxidants that not only bring great general health, but also target any specific health issue you might have or wish to prevent. In this issue we are covering antioxidants. Pick 4-5 antioxidants (that target your health needs) and take therapeutic amounts (what the science shows) as part of your supplement foundation. For more information on the importance of antioxidants, look for my past articles at www.vitaminshoppe.com.

We know that free radicals cause damage both inside and outside your cells, which can lead to abnormal cell production. These abnormal cells–if not destroyed in a timely manner by your immune cells–will reproduce more abnormal cells. One of the critical ways to help reduce the risk of this type of cell damage is to consume a diet high in antioxidants (and use supplements). Using antioxidants is attacking this concern at the root of the problem. As I always say, “in order to kill the whole weed, you need to get the root too” another validating point as to why antioxidants are part of my foundational health program.


Here are some of the better antioxidants for immune concerns:
  • Green Tea
  • Turmeric
  • CoQ10 (Ubiquinol)
  • IP-6
  • Manganese, Copper and Zinc (minerals acting as building blocks for SOD production)
  • Selenium (helps with Glutathione)
  • Grape Seed
  • Pycnogenol
  • Superfoods (Acai, pomegranate, mangosteen, chia, etc.)
  • Antioxidant rich herbs (other than those listed above) (Usually rich in colors such as orange, red, purple, blue, yellow) an example is bilberry or cherry.

Of those listed above, my personal focus would be as follows:

Instead of supplementing with green tea or Turmeric I would add these to my everyday diet. Drinking 4-8 cups of freshly brewed green tea and using a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of turmeric in your cooking daily would be a great start. I also add in chia seeds to everything I possibly can. This morning I made Irish Steel Cut oatmeal and added 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to it after it was done cooking. Last night, we had a full serving of chia sees on our salads. They impart zero taste to your foods so get wild and crazy and pour them on. With regards to supplements, I am a huge fan of ubiquinol (I personally use 100-400mg per day) and Pycnogenol as powerful, general antioxidants. These just like turmeric and green tea are virtually universal for health as antioxidants and possess additional benefits outside of being an antioxidant. We can always add more antioxidants to the mix if you are paranoid or have an existing concern. Covering all of the bases would also include a supplement that covers selenium, manganese, copper and zinc to help with other metabolic attacks against free radicals. In some cases your multivitamin may be enough. If you are like me though, “may be enough” isn’t good enough which means adding more of these nutrients to your supplement program.

 
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