You read the word everywhere but what exactly is an antioxidant and why do we pack the Rejuvenated products full to the brim with them?
Antioxidants are chemicals (both naturally occurring and man-made) that can prevent or slow cell damage. An “antioxidant” is actually not a substance; it’s a behaviour.
Cells become unstable as they lose electrons (positive and negative charges) to become ‘free radicals’ starting a chain reaction and damaging other cells. Any compound that has the ability to give electrons and counteract free radicals has antioxidant properties.
Vitamins found in fruits, vegetables and herbs are full of antioxidants to help protect tissues in the body. The reason we use extracts from antioxidant rich plants in our products is enhance the benefits of your results.
Here are just some we have included in our award winning range.
Antioxidants for youthful skin and health
An amazing super food from the Amazon, packed with over 19 amino acids, essential fatty acids for skin health and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Not only is Açaí Berry a potent antioxidant which is high in essential fatty acids it has been linked to arterial health for better blood supply to the cells. Find out why we consider açai berries to be a power-packed super ingredient for your skin — and everything else you’ll ever need to know about it. You’ll fine açai berry in Collagen Shots and Immune Complex
Astaxanthin the king of antioxidants.
There has been much excitement about this natural source of super power from sea algae. We thought it was so amazing that we added it to H3O Night Repair so that it can get to work while you’re snoozing. It is considered to be the king of antioxidants and contains many times more antioxidant power than vitamin C, beta carotene, green tea, CoQ10, lutein. It’s also full of anti-fatigue and anti inflammatory properties as well as a myriad of other benefits. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid found in plants, and algae. Astaxanthin is 550 times more effective as an antioxidant than vitamin E and some studies indicate that it may be almost 6000 more potent than vitamin C.
it helps to protect from diabetes, heart disease, control blood pressure, manage high cholesterol, immunity and of course give you beautiful skin.
Grape seed extract
A naturally occurring antioxidant which is an oligomeric proanthocyanidin (OPCs). Grape seed extract is a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin E and C. A great anti-inflammatory. It is one of the most studied natural ingredients. It has been clinically shown to reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow, improve brain health, collagen levels and bone strength and enhance wound healing. As a potent antioxidant it is anti-inflammatory and helps to protect against oxidative damage. This incredible ingredient is also in H3O Night Repair.
The humble pine bark has over 40 antioxidants and works synergistically with vitamin C and vitamin E. It has anti-inflammatory properties, binds with collagen and helps to protect the skin from free radical damage. it contains procynadins, catechins and phenolic acids all potent antioxidants. Studies have indicated that it may help to protect against heart disease, cognitive decline, bone loss and supports skin health. Pine bark is in H3O Night Repair.
Trans-resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant naturally sourced from grapes, certain berries and various plants to help protect them against environmental stresses. It is found naturally in red wine, hence the belief that red wine can actually have a positive effect on health. Our super strength Trans-Resveratrol (98% extract) is a highly available form of Resveratrol which is extremely well absorbed by the human body when compared to other forms of Resveratrol. Several studies suggest that the Trans-Resveratrol in red wine may contribute to the low incidences of coronary heart disease in France. As an antioxidant Trans-Resveratrol has been shown to be more effective than Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Beta Carotene. Recent studies have shown that resveratrol my be a key player in keeping us more youthful. This ingredient is in H3O Hydration and Regenerate.
Pterostilbene is a nutrient from the same family as resveratrol. Scientists are excited about the health benefits of pterostilbene and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has exceptional bioavailability and is easily transported into cells. It has an increased cellular take up over resveratrol as it is absorbed by 2-4 times more effectively. Pterostilbene is also in Regenerate as it partners incredibly effectively with resveratrol.
Fisetin is a polyphenol found in strawberries. It works to eliminate rogue cells scattered around the body and directly increases the production of other powerful antioxidants including catalase, glutathione and dismutase.
Green tea is high in antioxidant polyphenols and has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It is associated with helping to lose weight by increasing satiety and giving a little boost to metabolism, especially when taken with exercise. Studies have linked it to lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the symptoms of depression and supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. We’ve added Green Tea to Protein Smoothie to give it an added health boost.
Quercetin is in Regenerate, this potent antioxidant contains flavonoids, a group of natural ingredients that occur in certain plants and foods including fruits, vegetables, tea, cocoa and wine. Quercetin activates the NRF2 pathway, the system that manufactures the body’s natural ‘in-house’ antioxidants. It also works to kill off rogue cells that may damage healthy neighbouring cells
There are over 63 flavonoids in astragalus, these include isoflavones, isoflavans, pterocarpans, flavonols, flavones and flavonones. It acts as an anti-inflammatory to help to protect from the diseases associated with ageing. Astragalus is believed to protect the caps at the end of our DNA, these caps, known as telomeres play a big part in our longevity. Astragalus is found in H3O Night repair and Regenerate.
Chlorella contains high amounts of vitamin B12, iron and vitamin C, it also provides small amounts of magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium calcium, folic acid, other B vitamins and some omega 3. The intense green colour is due to the amount of chlorophyll contained within the ingredient. It helps to calm the skin and has an anti-inflammatory action. Chlorophyll helps to eliminate free radicals and may help to remove heavy metals from the cells. The ingredient is in Skin Perfecting Complex.
Sea buckthorn berry
These wonder berries and seeds contain a magnitude of ingredients including:
Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, E, K and P, amino acids, phenols, carotenoids, flavonoids, folic acid, omega 3, 6, 7 and 8 plus many minerals and a collection of essential fatty acids. The oil has been included in Skin Perfecting Complex as it helps to calm conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, dry skin, rosacea and acne.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can increase the antioxidant capacity of the body and can boost our brain health by promoting the life of neurons. You’ll find Turmeric in Immune Complex.