Antioxidants: The "Free Radical Scavengers" Believed to Slow the Aging Clock and Protect Against Many Health Problems1

Antioxidants are enzymes in the body that assist with chemical reactions; and they are nutrients: vitamins and minerals found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, meat, fish and dairy products. Just a few examples of Mother Nature's antioxidants:

  • Vitamin A, which is a precursor of beta-carotene, is found in red, yellow-orange and leafy green vegetables and fruits. Likewise Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin E is found in nuts, seeds, grains, avocado, leafy green vegetables and liver.
  • Lutein-rich foods include spinach, carrots and eggs (especially raw egg yolks from organic eggs).
  • Lycopene is abundant in tomatoes.
  • Selenium is found in fish, pork, chicken, brown rice and whole wheat bread.
  • Astaxanthin is found in plants, micro algae, healthy wild salmon, lobster, shrimp and krill.

Of course, antioxidant potency and effect vary with the source. And as you'll see, krill oil contains an exceptionally potent form of antioxidant.

What Antioxidants Do

Antioxidants fight the harmful process of oxidation in the body. Biological oxidation is caused by "free radicals", which are unstable atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons. As a result they're always looking for electrons that they can steal from other molecules. So what do they do? Unless the antioxidants in your body can prevent it, free radicals steal electrons from your cells, proteins and genetic material (DNA strands). The resulting damage weakens the cell's ability to perform properly. This leads to tissue degradation, opening the door to disease and hastening the aging process. Researchers believe that free radical damage is a major cause of aging and may be associated with at least 60 diseases and health problems.

However (and there's always that "however, but, on the other hand" in just about every nutritional topic, isn't there)... you do need a certain level of free radicals onboard. Why? Because they play an important role in converting air and food into chemical energy and in fighting infections. So the idea is NOT to try to eliminate them (which is impossible anyway); and it is not EVEN to drastically reduce them. The body needs just the right balance, and it can masterfully regulate this balance if you avoid synthetic vitamins and antioxidants, limit processed foods because of their artificial chemicals, and get the benefits of antioxidants from wholesome, healthy foods and whole food nutritional supplements.

Why Neptune Krill Oil (NKO™) is One of the Most Effective Whole Food Antioxidant Supplements Money Can Buy1

Krill are rich in the antioxidant astaxanthin. This is because they eat only algae. And since that's the ONLY thing they eat, their astaxanthin is esterified. This means that your body metabolizes ALL the available antioxidants. Krill is the only animal that gives you this 100% bioavailable form of astaxanthin. And Neptune Krill Oil (NKO™) is a 100% pure, preservative-free, additive-free whole food supplement.

Esterified astaxanthin makes the antioxidant value of krill oil 7.5 times greater than ordinary astaxanthin, 47 times greater than omega-3 fish oil and 302 times greater than Vitamins A and E. Antioxidant value is measured by a recognized test called Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC). See the ORAC results for Neptune Krill Oil (NKO™) here, then put krill oil supplements to work for your health today. By exploring this website you'll see that the benefits of krill oil come from more than esterified astaxanthin and its exceptional antioxidant power.

1Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Precautions: If you are pregnant, nursing, allergic to fish or shellfish, have a blood coagulation condition, are taking anticoagulants such as warfarin, or are currently under a physician's care for a health condition, please consult a healthcare professional prior to use.

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