As our cells convert food into energy, they create by-products called ‘reactive oxidant species’ or ‘pro-oxidantsPro-oxidants are also made when the body is exposed to toxins, UV radiation, infection, and inflammation. These pro-oxidants can damage our DNA, organs, and tissues1. Basically, when the body is challenged, injured, or burdened in any way, it makes dangerous pro-oxidants that have the potential to cause long term damage and disease.
Luckily, our bodies havecompounds called antioxidants that neutralize the pro-oxidants and heal the damage they may have caused. This microscopic balancing act between damage and repairusing pro-oxidants and antioxidants is called redox balance1.
It can be challenging for the body to keep up with the demand for antioxidants because we are continually inhaling pollution, putting toxins on our skin, eating processed food, and doing hundreds of other actions that create pro-oxidants in the body.If our defences fall behind, we become vulnerable to damage from oxidative stress caused by pro-oxidants. Oxidative stress plays a role in most chronic health conditions, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. The more antioxidants we have, the better equipped we are to win the ongoing redox battle against oxidative stress.
An antioxidant is anything that can neutralize andclean up the mess caused by pro-oxidants. These include vitamins like A, C and E, detoxifiers in the liver like glutathione, and compounds from plants like flavonoids and phenols. We get most of our antioxidants from vegetables, as well as some from fruits, spices, herbs and proteins.
- Improves circulation and lowers blood pressure to lower the risk of heart disease and stroke4,5
- Boosts nitric oxide and improves athletic performance6
- Improves blood flow to the brain to enrich cognition7
- Provides antioxidants to prevent oxidative stress-induced disease3
- Anti-inflammatory action to reduce pain and swelling3
- Source of vitamin C and iron3
Adults & Children 4+: Dissolve 5g (1 tablespoon) of red beet juice crystals in a glass of water or other beverage.