Antioxidants: Nature’s Protection from Free Radicals

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One of the best ways to protect the body from the signs of aging, cancer, and even the common cold, may also be the easiest. All it requires is a trip to the fresh produce aisle of a nearby supermarket.

Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which are the body’s front-line defense against harmful molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals cause inflammation at the cellular level and can lead to the development of various health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.

Would you like to know more about antioxidants and how they can protect the body from free radicals?

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are nutrients that protect the cells of the body by nullifying free radicals.

Antioxidants work in a variety of ways:

  • May limit the energy of the free radical.
  • Stop the free radical from being created in the first place.
  • Interrupt an oxidizing chain reaction to minimize the damage caused by free radicals.

By preventing the free radicals from reaching the cell membrane, antioxidants can stop or even reverse cell membrane damage and sub-clinical inflammation, including the microscopic scarring that form wrinkles. This will also boost the body’s immune system making it stronger in its ability to fight disease.

The three main antioxidant vitamins are:

  • Beta Carotene
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

Where can they be found?

Antioxidants can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as dietary supplements.

Beta Carotene can be found in:

  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Green peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Vitamin C can be found in:

  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Grapefruit
  • Nectarines
  • Orange
  • Red, green, or yellow peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Vitamin E can be found in:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Mustard
  • Turnip greens
  • Mangoes, nuts
  • Papaya
  • Pumpkin
  • Red peppers
  • Spinach
  • Sunflower seeds

What are the best antioxidants?

The best antioxidants seek out the free radicals before they ever reach the cell membrane. One of the most powerful antioxidants is Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). ALA is able to accomplish a great deal because it is universally soluble, which means it is both fat and water soluble, whereas Vitamins C is only water soluble and E is only fat soluble.

Some of the benefits of ALA include:

  • Resurfaces skin and improves resilience, tone, and texture.
  • Decreases the appearance of lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and scarring.
  • Lessens the appearance of uneven skin tone and discolorations.
  • Provides superior antioxidant protection.
  • Increases the positive effects of other antioxidants in the body such as Vitamin C and E.

What Perricone products include antioxidants?

Dr. Perricone understands the importance of antioxidants and has included them in his products.

To increase your body’s amount of ALA, for example, consider Perricone MD Nutriceuticals: Alpha Lipoic Acid Dietary Supplement.

ALA is also available as an ingredient in many of Perricone’s topical creams, such as bestseller Advanced Face Firming Activator.

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8 Comments • Please comment below


  1. [...] Free radicals cause damage ranging from the collagen layers of the skin to the organs. [...]

  2. I should have thought to supplement with ALA. You can’t have a perfect skincare regimen but eat crap! I never forget to ingest your beauty routine…but I’m trying to make up for the fact that I have a tough time tolerating the imflammation reducing fish ;)

  3. This sounds wonderful! I’d love to try it on the fine lines around my eyes and forehead!

  4. i would love to be your product tester if given a chance

  5. [...] While PEP’s ingredients give your body a boost of energy in the short term, they also improve long term health by promoting circulation, lowering inflammation, and acting as antioxidants. [...]

  6. I would like to become a tester for this product, thank you!

  7. I would like to test this product

  8. I am so excited to try this product! I love the fact that that it has antioxidants especially ALA