John here. I’d like to talk to you all about an extremely important element of the healthy diet we work with here at Stony Creek Internal Medicine and Wellness.
We hear a lot about antioxidants these days. But what are they, and why are they so important?
Antioxidants are nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that provide significant preventive health benefits. They offset the negative impacts of millions of maverick electrons called free radicals, which continually bombard cells throughout your body. Free radicals are generated when you are stressed, when you exercise, when you smoke – even when you breathe.
Vitamins are antioxidants. Multi-vitamins contain only a handful of antioxidants, while fruits and vegetables contain literally thousands of antioxidants. When your body has more free radicals than antioxidants, a state known as oxidative stress occurs.
A number of independent clinical studies show that our whole-foods supplement that we provide to our patients here at the office, called Juice Plus+, not only delivers antioxidants that are absorbed by your body, but also reduces biomarkers of oxidative stress in your body.
A clinical investigation by researchers at The University of Florida published in The Journal of Nutrition in October 2006 showed improved overall Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) – an indicator of reduced oxidative stress – after only 35 days of taking Juice Plus+.
A clinical study at Tokyo Women’s Medical University published in September 2007 reported a reduction in two key markers of oxidative stress after only 28 days on Juice Plus+.
Researchers at The Medical University of Graz, Austria and The University of North Carolina, Greensboro found that Juice Plus+ Orchard, Garden and Vineyard Blends taken together were effective in reducing a marker for oxidative stress associated with aerobic exercise.
Results from these studies were published in The Journal of Nutrition in December 2007 and in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in June 2006 and in January 2009.
Here’s what I tell our clients: Eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and take Juice Plus+ – because scientific research shows that it’s delivering antioxidants that help fight the free radicals and reduce your oxidative stress.
For more information on how you can incorporate more antioxidants in your life, either through our Juice + program or through a healthy diet….Please contact me at our wellness clinic.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Health Coach and Wellness Director
Stony Creek Internal Medicine and Wellness