What are Antioxidants?
Our bodies are working hard all the time digesting our food, dealing with stress and toxins in the environment, and fighting to protect us against viruses and other infections.
Antioxidant are the “scavengers” of free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are the waste products of our cells and, if our bodies cannot remove free radicals efficiently, oxidative stress can result. This can harm our cells and our health.
Antioxidants are said to help neutralize the free radicals in our bodies, slowing the damage to cells caused by free radicals and this is thought to boost overall health.
What Things Cause Oxidative Stress?
Inside Our Body:
Immune cells fighting viruses and other infections
Certain drugs, pesticides
How Do Free Radicals Contribute to Cancer?
Cancer initiation and growth is associated with chromosomal defects and “cancer cell” activation. It is possible that free radical reactions may result in tumor formation (Lobo V, Patil A, Phatak A, Chandra N., 2010).
How Do Free Radicals Contribute to Atherosclerosis?
Studies on atherosclerosis reveal the probability that the disease may be due to free radical reactions involving fat from a person’s diet in the arterial wall. These compounds damage the cells in one’s arteries and cause the artery walls to change (Lobo V, Patil A, Phatak A, Chandra N., 2010).
How Does Oxidative Stress Contribute to Neurodegenerative Diseases?
Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), as well as multiple sclerosis (MS), are triggered, at least in part, by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been discovered in the affected nerve cells of people who were living with these diseases (Brambilla, Mancuso, Scuderi, Bosco, Cantrella, 2008).
Is Haskap an Antioxidant?
ORAC value is a testable measurement of antioxidant quality of a product. Haskap tests very high in ORAC value. Haskap also contains the minerals: calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc and copper.
VBG Haskap provides antioxidants that scavenges the free radicals. This may help to prevent cancer cell activation.