The importance of antioxidants and a strong immune system
Perhaps now, more than ever, collectively we’ve been super aware of how important it is to have a healthy immune system. The global pandemic has hit us all hard, and we’re acutely aware of the things we need to do to help stop the spread of the virus.
Wearing a face covering if we’re able, staying socially distanced and washing our hands regularly are all thought to help control the spread of viral infections including the coronavirus. But if we’re to stand our best chance of remaining healthy as we enter the cold and flu season (and year round), having a fully supported immune system is one of the best things we can aim for.
Our immune health is supported by healthy eating, getting plenty of exercise, sleeping well and avoiding stress where possible. When it comes to our diet, antioxidants are key for good immune health.
Why are antioxidants so beneficial?
The science behind antioxidants is fairly complex. So, without getting too overly scientific, antioxidants are compounds that neutralize, or ‘mop up’ free radicals. Free radicals are nasty molecules of oxygen that have become unstable. They move around the body looking for atoms of oxygen to make themselves stable again.
In doing so, they cause the atoms of oxygen that were once stable, to become unstable. Thus, causing a chain reaction of free radical instability. This causes damage to our cells, causing particular damage to the cells of the immune system. If left, this can lead to chronic inflammation and diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It can also lead to an impaired immune system, meaning that our natural defenses against disease could be reduced.
But how do these free radicals occur in the first place? Many are caused by smoking, breathing in environmental toxins and pollutants and eating heavily processed or fried food. However, even if we ate a healthy diet and avoided all kinds of smoke and pollution, we’d still have free radicals in our bodies since normal biological functions such as breathing and digestion can cause the production of free radicals.
That’s why we need antioxidants. Antioxidants help to make free radicals stable by selflessly handing over some of their own chemistry, without making themselves unstable. This in turn reduces free radical damage, supporting a healthy immune system. But where do we get antioxidants from?
Sources of antioxidants
Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best source of food-based antioxidants. So we should all aim to eat at least five different fruits and vegetables each day.
But what if we’re looking to supercharge our diets and add in extra antioxidants? That’s where Nature Restore’s brand new S.O.D. Plus comes in!
SOD is short for superoxide dismutase, and is a super potent antioxidant, that we’ve turned into a supplement that’s easy to incorporate into a healthy, daily routine.
Independent testing has shown that our S.O.D. Plus contains the highest source of S.O.D. activity out of any natural source. And what’s more, we’ve created our supplement using the power of plants.
Many products currently available derive their superoxide dismutase from animal sources, namely porcine, which comes from pigs. Our S.O.D. Plus is isolated from the fruit of the Rosa roxburghii plant, so it’s suitable for both vegetarians and vegans to consume.
Add S.O.D Plus into your daily routine and help support the health and strength of your immune system!