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Antioxidants That Occur Naturally in the Body

Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)-is a fatty antioxidant used to convert blood sugar into energy. It helps to "deoxidize" oxidized LDL and recharges vitamin C and other antioxidants that have been used up. ALA declines with age so supplementing ALA in the form of r-lipoic acid (RLA) has proven helpful.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)-this antioxidant assists in many reactions, including the extraction of energy from food. It also protects LDL fro oxidation, lowers blood pressure, improves heart function, and combats coronary heart disease, angina, chronic heart failure, and many others. CoQ10 levels tend to decrease around the age of thirty so supplementing with 100-200mg a day is recommended.
Glutathione- this is the most abundant antioxidant in the body and is also known as the "master antioxidant." Glutathione protects the body against coronary heart disease, heart attacks, lowers blood pressure, enhances immune function, decreases inflammation, and slows vascular aging.
Melatonin-is a hormone produced in the brain that helps regulate sleep cycles, lowers oxidative stress, inflammation, and blood pressure, improves endothlial dysfunction. Melatonin also can decrease as we age so supplementing with 1-2mg at nite can be beneficial.
Info Provided by: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease, by Mark Houston, M.D., M.S.
In good health,
Shana Burns, C.N.

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