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All About Antioxidants Part 2: A Chat with the Herbalist

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Welcome to Part 2 of our series on antioxidants! Antioxidants have long been touted as powerfully healthy compounds, yet the specifics remain unclear. Studies that look at the effects of tocopherols, beta carotene and vitamin C (antioxidants) have often found little difference between the antioxidant intervention, and the placebo. But that isn’t the whole story. These look at the effects of isolated antioxidants, or in some cases, combination supplements (that are still isolated, just combined in a capsule). While this is a great way to control for variables, it doesn’t give you a real world picture. We understand that the action of antioxidants prevents free radical damage, and have observed that those who eat a diet rich in antioxidants have fewer incidents of disease. Whether it is from other phytochemicals in the foods being eaten, teas being enjoyed, etc., or from their antioxidant content, perhaps the need to differentiate that is moot. This post is a Q&A of the big questions about antioxidants, we hope you enjoy!

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All About Antioxidants Part 2: A Chat with the Herbalist

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Welcome to Part 2 of our series on antioxidants! Antioxidants have long been touted as powerfully healthy compounds, yet the specifics remain unclear. Studies that look at the effects of tocopherols, beta carotene and vitamin C (antioxidants) have often found little difference between the antioxidant intervention, and the placebo. But that isn’t the whole story. These look at the effects of isolated antioxidants, or in some cases, combination supplements (that are still isolated, just combined in a capsule). While this is a great way to control for variables, it doesn’t give you a real world picture. We understand that the action of antioxidants prevents free radical damage, and have observed that those who eat a diet rich in antioxidants have fewer incidents of disease. Whether it is from other phytochemicals in the foods being eaten, teas being enjoyed, etc., or from their antioxidant content, perhaps the need to differentiate that is moot. This post is a Q&A of the big questions about antioxidants, we hope you enjoy!

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Work?

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Antioxidants are properties attributed to certain vitamins and compounds that pair with free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with an oxygen atom that has an unpaired electron. They come from a variety of sources, from foods to sunlight to cigarette smoke and pollutants. These unpaired electrons need another electron to become stable, so they steal from the nearest molecule. When this happens, oxidative stress occurs and alters the structure and function of the molecule which lost the electron and can result in signs of ageing, increased susceptibility to/progression of disease, and even DNA damage. Antioxidants help by swooping in and donating an electron to the electron-hungry free radical hedging to steal one from unsuspecting victims. When this donation occurs, the free radical is satisfied and its potential for damage is neutralized. The antioxidant acted by preventing oxidative stress from occurring. Diets rich in antioxidants from natural sources, e.g. berries, plants, tea, etc., means lower disease incidence. 

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Work?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Antioxidants are properties attributed to certain vitamins and compounds that pair with free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with an oxygen atom that has an unpaired electron. They come from a variety of sources, from foods to sunlight to cigarette smoke and pollutants. These unpaired electrons need another electron to become stable, so they steal from the nearest molecule. When this happens, oxidative stress occurs and alters the structure and function of the molecule which lost the electron and can result in signs of ageing, increased susceptibility to/progression of disease, and even DNA damage. Antioxidants help by swooping in and donating an electron to the electron-hungry free radical hedging to steal one from unsuspecting victims. When this donation occurs, the free radical is satisfied and its potential for damage is neutralized. The antioxidant acted by preventing oxidative stress from occurring. Diets rich in antioxidants from natural sources, e.g. berries, plants, tea, etc., means lower disease incidence. 

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Adaptogens Part 2: What Foods and Teas Contain Adaptogens?

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Adaptogens improve the adaptability of the body, regardless of the origin of the stressor (physiological, psychological, environmental, or situational), and increases its resistance threshold. In doing so, they improve organ function and hormone regulation. A brief breakdown would be to consider the Ginsengs as stimulating, Tulsi is calming, and Ashwagandha and Moringa can act in both ways (while also replenishing a deficient and depleted system). 

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Adaptogens Part 2: What Foods and Teas Contain Adaptogens?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Adaptogens improve the adaptability of the body, regardless of the origin of the stressor (physiological, psychological, environmental, or situational), and increases its resistance threshold. In doing so, they improve organ function and hormone regulation. A brief breakdown would be to consider the Ginsengs as stimulating, Tulsi is calming, and Ashwagandha and Moringa can act in both ways (while also replenishing a deficient and depleted system). 

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Adaptogens Part 1: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Adaptogens might be a funny sounding word, but they are relatively straightforward. In short, Adaptogens are a relatively new class of herbs that help us “adapt” to stress, regardless of the origin of the stressor. They regulate and modulate hormone production, organ function, cell health and immune function. These plants are “intuitive” and it is said that the more you need them the more they will work, the less you need them the less they will work. For example: A person with low blood sugar and a person with high blood pressure could both take therapeutic amounts of adaptogens and see their blood sugar balance out!

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Adaptogens Part 1: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Adaptogens might be a funny sounding word, but they are relatively straightforward. In short, Adaptogens are a relatively new class of herbs that help us “adapt” to stress, regardless of the origin of the stressor. They regulate and modulate hormone production, organ function, cell health and immune function. These plants are “intuitive” and it is said that the more you need them the more they will work, the less you need them the less they will work. For example: A person with low blood sugar and a person with high blood pressure could both take therapeutic amounts of adaptogens and see their blood sugar balance out!

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