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Optimal Health Newsletter, Issue #111– Antioxidants and Health
July 22, 2009

Keeping your heart healthy the natural way

Issue #111

July 22, 2009

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Antioxidants and Your Health

Most of us know something about antioxidants. But do we know what they are and what they do?

Today’s article is about antioxidants and how they can help reduce your risk of coronary heart disease.

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Antioxidants and Your Health

Anyone who is health conscious knows something about antioxidants. We know they are good for us and that they have application in a number of health issues.
But what are they?
Antioxidants are substances consumed in foods and dietary supplements which help to reduce and even prevent the formation of destructive chemicals in the body called free radicals. Free radicals attack the systems of the body even to the DNA level leaving us less able to fight off the effects of disease and aging.
Antioxidants protect the body by ending the free radical chain reaction before vital molecules are harmed.
Many studies indicate that some of the most effective antioxidants in the fight against free radicals are…
  • Vitamin-E
  • Vitamin-C
  • Beta-carotene
  • Selenium
  • CoQ10
And a few others.

You can take certain antioxidants to target and counteract the effects of particular conditions and diseases. For instance, someone might increase their vitamin-C intake to help fight off cancer. However…
Ingesting a complex of antioxidants seems to work best.
One reason for this is that no one antioxidant can cover all the bases. One disease might respond to a particular antioxidant but be unresponsive to another. Also antioxidants can become depleted as they fight oxidation. In fact some studies have indicated that vitamin-E becomes depleted and can even promote oxidation. Other antioxidants, such as CoQ10, have been shown to rejuvenate vitamin-E.
How important is this to heart health? ... Very!
There is an abundance of research indicating that the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) is the major factor in the development of coronary heart disease. In other words the level of LDL in our blood may not be the most important indicator of this serious heart health risk.
It is the oxidation of LDL that is killing so many.
So what can we do? The answer – at least in part – is rather obvious. Consume a diet high in a variety of antioxidants. Not so obvious, however, is the fact that CoQ10 is one of the most effective antioxidants for the prevention of LDL oxidation. Unfortunately as we age our ability to produce CoQ10 diminishes making supplementing with COQ10 a necessity.

By all means don’t neglect a diet high in antioxidants. Also, think seriously about taking a variety of antioxidant supplements – especially CoQ10.

Links for further research:

CoQ10: Unlocking Cellular Energy:

CoQ10 and Cholesterol Risk:

Coming Soon:

There are two special reports that I hope to have ready for you by the next addition of Optimal Health News.

The first is a supplement guide for heart health. If you scour the many pages at you can learn a whole lot about nutrition and supplements and how heart health is affected by all this. I encourage you to do that.

But wouldn’t it be great to have a handy report on a few of the most effective supplements for the promotion of heart health? This is the short list of a handful of supplements you should consider and some of the scientific research supporting their use.

The second is a handy checklist of the things you should consider in selecting a company from which to buy the highest quality supplements. Companies that produce dietary supplements are not all the same. Nor are the products they make.

Both of these special reports will be available for download in PDF format so you can save them to your computer. You can also print a copy of each so you can refer back to them from time to time. And the good news is they are absolutely free for the readers of

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