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  1. 1. The Scientific Benefits of Antioxidant Therapy in Healthy Aging and Anti-Aging 1 Clinically Proven Nutrition for Health and Wellness Promotion Analysis of Antioxidants for Preventing Disease and Energizing Life The Scientific Benefits of Antioxidant Therapy in Healthy Aging and Anti-Aging Dr. Robelyn Garcia September 23, 2012 The numerous health benefits of antioxidants are unlimited. If you want moreenergy or you are trying to lose weight, antioxidant therapy could be the answer. Thepower of antioxidant therapy is also second to none for combating the many signs ofaging. “The amount of antioxidants in your body is directly proportional to how long youwill live," says international gerontology expert Dr. Richard Cutler. While Dr. Cutler wasthe director of the National Institute of Aging, he led a team of molecular gerontologistsin groundbreaking antioxidant research for controlling the aging rate and anti-agingmedicine. Antioxidants are your body’s defense against aging, sickness and disease.Experts are recognizing the emerging potentials for antioxidant therapy as a newapproach to the treatment of disease and the promotion of anti-aging (Ostojic, 2011).Dr. Norman Hollenberg of Harvard Medical School says antioxidants “could potentiallyget rid of 4 of the 5 most common diseases in the western world”, (Society of ChemicalIndustry, 2007). Antioxidants come from natural foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils, andbeans. Antioxidant therapy involves a daily intake of antioxidants that protect the bodyfrom harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals come from cigarettes, pesticides,insecticides, medications, food additives, stress, sun overexposure, and other types ofpollutions. Free radicals destroy human cells and damage DNA. The damaged cells areone major culprit in premature aging, sicknesses and many disabling diseases. “Scientistsnow believe that free radicals are causal factors in nearly every known disease”, says Dr.Packer, coauthor of The Antioxidant Miracle (2001). Thousands of research studies haveconcluded that antioxidants can help prevent a multitude of diseases, energize life, andslow aging (Packer, 2001; Ostojic, 2011).
  2. 2. The Scientific Benefits of Antioxidant Therapy in Healthy Aging and Anti-Aging 2 The USDA measures antioxidants of each food item by its ability to neutralizefree radicals (Tufts University, 2003). The USDA recommended minimum dailyantioxidant intake is 3,000 ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) points. On theaverage Americans get only 800 ORAC points each day (USDA, 2011). There isoverwhelming evidence that shows individuals do not get high enough levels ofantioxidants and nutrients from food alone (Yale University School of Medicine, 2011;Society of Chemical Industry, 2007). This means we must supplement with a goodnutritional antioxidant product. Vemma, also known as “The Worlds Most Powerful Liquid Antioxidant” (Men’sHealth, 2009) is one of the most notable products available. Vemma contains a fruit foodsource with tremendous antioxidant properties know as the "superfruit". Mangosteen,also dubbed the "Queen of all Fruits" is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidant properties,and has the potential to lower our risk against human diseases (Men’s Journal, 2008).“Mangosteen has been used for centuries by Asian health practitioners for its tremendousnutritional benefits and delicious flavor”, (Vemma Science, 2012). When the antioxidantpower of the “super fruit” Mangosteen is combined with vitamins, plant-sourcedminerals, organic aloe vera and organic decaffeinated green tea, the result is the ultimatenutritional foundation of Vemma. The physician formulated, preservative-free andgluten-free formula of Vemma provides a powerful liquid formula that tastes great andmakes it easy to get the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you need to improve yourimmune system and create abundant energy. Vemma, “The Worlds Most PowerfulLiquid Antioxidant” formula can be found in Vemma, Bod•ē Weight Control Products,Bod•ē 7 day Cleanse - Detox, Vemma Next for kids, Verve Energy Drink and Verve ZeroSugar Free Energy Drink ( , 2012).
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