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    AntioxidantsWhat are they?

    Antioxidants are nutrients which fight the effects of ageing and increase life-expectancy.

    When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage to cell membranes.

    Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. 

    Antioxidants and Multiple Sclerosis  

    • Vitamin E is a major antioxidant. It is found in seeds, nuts and grains.

    • Vitamin C is abundant in fruits and vegetables such as kiwifruit, citrus fruits, and potatoes.

    • Vitamin E & C taken together can reduce the free radical damage by 25%.

    • Vitamin B3 is also an antioxidant which has been shown to extend human lifespan by two years.

    • Beta Carotene is the precursor of Vitamin A. It is found in red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, such as carrots.

    • Selenium is an essential part of an enzyme called glutathione peroxidase, which takes part in stopping fats inside the body from going rancid. Natural sources include sesame seeds, seafood and Brazil nuts.

    How Super antioxidants are helping many people with MS!

    Most people have heard of Antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, b-Carotene & Selenium, but have you heard of Super antioxidants, known as Proanthrocyanidins (PCOs or OPCs) which are up to 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E?

    Antioxidants are nutrients that fight the effects of ageing by moping up free radicals which left unchecked damage cell membranes and are involved in degenerative conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis. They also reduce the risk of getting cancer and improve immune function.

    The main sources of Super antioxidants can be found in:

    • Pycnogenol or French maritime pine bark extract
    • Blueberries
    • Grape Seed Extract
    • Tea & Red Wine
    These all contain the valuable OPCs!

    Super antioxidants, otherwise known as Flavanoids, are thought to work for some people with MS, not just by their ability to improve immune system function but also by strengthening the Blood Brain Barrier, the breakdown of which is involved in auto-immune illnesses such as MS.

    Although the evidence is not scientifically proven many people with MS benefit from taking these super anti oxidants supplements. There are others for whom it has made little or no difference to. But what have we really got to lose by trying?

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