Protect Your Efforts With
Antioxidant Armor

Research shows that without antioxidant armor, free radicals can wreak havoc on muscle tissue health, slowing recovery and impairing performance. With the right diet, anyone can take advantage of the power of antioxidants to help ward off these effects.

Oxygen is the body's ATM for funding nearly every metabolic transaction. It helps the heart to beat, muscles to contract, and the digestive system to absorb nutrients from food. Oxygen is found in every molecule of water, which makes up nearly 60 percent of the body. During exercise, oxygen helps muscles utilize carbohydrates, protein, and fat to help athletes run faster, lift more, and keep going longer. The body must metabolize a great deal of oxygen when anyone works out, and while this essential process has numerous benefits, there are also side effects. One of them is the production of free radicals, a specific type of molecule that can damage tissue. But luckily, the YOUR BODY can be equipped to limit free radical damage with help from compounds called antioxidants.

You've no doubt heard of these substances, and probably seen advertisements for everything from fruit juices to dietary supplements touting antioxidant benefits. But do you know what antioxidants do, how they work, and how to make sure you are taking advantage of their benefits? With sometimes confusing and conflicting research, that's not easy. But when helping you plan a diet that promotes optimal health and performance, antioxidants should definitely be part of the discussion for everyone involved training with a purpose.

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Where's An ANTIOXIDANT When You Need One..??

"EFA ICON" BEST LINE OF DEFENSE
Antioxidants are the primary chemical line of defense against the negative impact of free radicals. These compounds also help to repair cells already impacted by free radical damage. The body produces some antioxidants on its own in the form of certain enzymes, such as superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase, which change the structure of free radicals and break them down. These enzymes essentially scavenge for and destroy free radicals throughout the body. To support the endogenous antioxidants, we also consume them through diet. Exogenous antioxidants include vitamins A (carotenoids), C, and E, selenium, and various flavonoids. All these substances can help prevent free radical damage, and together with the body's natural antioxidants, they are the main source of protection for muscles and other tissue.

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