Surprising Findings in Anti-Oxidant Supplementation and Younger Population

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A newly published study suggests that while antioxidant consumption would restore some of the blood vessel function in the older population but it could disrupt normal blood vessel widening in the younger population and attributes these differences to the status of free radicals. Nutri-Med Logic Corp, agreeing with this study, adds that supplementation of anti-oxidants in the older population equates to larger availability of glutathione, a powerful internal anti-oxidant that reduces oxidative stress, thus improving blood vessel function; whereas in the younger population it would equate to excessive availability of glutathione, leading to a Reductive Stress, the result of too much of a good thing.

A newly published study in the Hypertension investigating the effects of anti-oxidants in blood flow and blood vessel function, which consisted of 87 healthy volunteers, 42 between the ages of 24-26 and 45 between 70-72, suggests different health outcomes in young vs. old.

The study incorporated a very powerful cocktail of potent anti-oxidants, those being Alpha Lipoic acid (600mg), vitamin C (1000mg) and vitamin E(600 IU).

While there is no RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) on Alpha Lipoic Acid but 600mg supplementation is normally associated with those having pathological conditions such as Diabetes.

The RDA on vitamin C, for more than 19 years of age, stands at 90mg for men and 75mg for women, all smokers needing additional 35mg, and for Vitamin E is 22 IU from natural sources or 33 IU from synthetic sources, for more than 14 years of age.

The anti-oxidant cocktail incorporated, in this study, not only by far was one of the most powerful mixes, especially given the fact that Alpha Lipoic Acid additionally re-energizes the inactive vitamin C and vitamin E, but also the amount of the intake was relative to the upper limits of these anti-oxidants.

Aside from increasing the available vitamins C and E, Alpha Lipoic Acid also increases the synthesis and intracellular concentration of glutathione, the most potent internal anti-oxidant, which declines by age. Amongst its diverse properties, glutathione is used by the human body to neutralized free radicals and regulate an important biological process called Redox.
According to The Department of Internal Medicine of University of Miami, the cellular redox is regulated by three systems that counteract with free radicals, two of which are regulated by glutathione. Drugs. 2011 Jul 30;71(11):1385-96

While increasing glutathione, through such a potent intake of Alpha Lipoic Acid might be beneficial in “very short term” for the elder population, as it relates to the elimination of free radicals, improving the endothelial (blood vessel) function, but too much of glutathione is not beneficial for neither the old or the young.

Glutathione is found in sufficient amount in the younger population. However, its levels decline by age and while boosting glutathione is highly important to the health of older generation for eliminating oxidative stress, increasing glutathione in excessive amount results in an adverse health condition, referred to as Reductive Stress.

According to the University of Utah School of Medicine, excessive levels of one antioxidant “reduced glutathione” may actually produce adverse health results, which might explain why in the younger population the potent anti-oxidant cocktail did not produce favorable outcome.

In conclusion, Nutri-Med Logic Corp agrees with this study that potent anti-oxidants, especially R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, improve endothelial function in the elders but adds that the result of this important study should not be mistaken, whereas consumption of anti-oxidants produce adverse effects in the younger population. The younger population, more than 25 years of age, could also benefit from anti-oxidants. However, the amount of the intake has to be reasonable and relevant to the age of the consumer, taking into account that too much of any good thing might harm the body.

Nutri-Med Logic Corp is the producer of the Natural, Balanced, Deodorized, Concentrated & Pharmaceutical Grade Omega-3. Omega-3 is the most effective anti-inflammatory nutrient.

Nutri-Med Logic Corp is also a producer of dietary supplements such as a Pharmaceutical Grade R-Lipoic Acid (the natural type of Lipoic Acid), a universal anti-oxidant and the dietary supplement of choice for the Diabetics, in Germany for decades;

Producer of PolyEnylPhosphatidylCholine (PPC 425mg), an extract of soy, a pure and effective dietary source of choline and the recommended dietary supplement for those with Fatty Liver and Alcoholic Liver Disease, in Europe for decades.

Nutri-Med Logic Corp invites you to visit its News Archives and Review its News Releases on other potential benefits of Omega-3 and What Is Omega-3 Good For.

Nutri-Med Logic's products are Formulated Based on Nutritional Logic, made from the highest quality raw materials that are manufactured in pharmaceutical facilities, encapsulated in pharmaceutical facilities and packaged in pharmaceutical facilities.

It must be noted that the studies, statements or sources above have not been evaluated by The FDA and, thus, one should not relate the cause of any diseases, stated herein, to lack of the dietary supplements, stated herein, nor equate their supplementation to prevention, treatment or cure.

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