Monday, December 22, 2008

Antioxidants are substances in the body that help it fight against the destructive activity of free radicals. Free radicals are highly charged molecules that contain unpaired electrons looking for partners. These destructive actisons are believed to lead to cancer, heart disease and cataracts.Substance such as betacarotene and vitamin E, are important antioxidants. So are common household herbs and foods like garlic, ginger, and gingko (gingko biloba).

Garlic is a powerful antibiotic, germicidal and antiseptic substance. It is a simple, popular herb that helps prevent the peroxidation of fatty acids and the formation of other free radical end products by binding them and removing them from the body. One of the effects of heavy metal contamination is the breakdown of red capsules. This hinders the blood's ability to transport oxygen to the tissues and carry CO2 away to the lungs. Studies show that garlic prevents the breakdown process of the red capsules.

Ginger is a warming herb know more in the West for its ability to relieve motion sickness. But current studies show that it has antioxidant properties as well. This was found out by the researchers at the National Cancer Institute's Designer Food Program in the U.S. Researchers believed that ginger contains compounds that neutralize carcinogens.

Gingko biloba is well known for its positive effects in the cardiovascular system in the West. The gingko nut works in the body to increase mental alertness. Gingko has also demonstrated its effectiveness in treating symptoms of chronic cerebral arterial insufficiency including vertigo, headache,tinnitus (ringing in the ears), short-term memory loss,an inability to concentrate and depression.

According to a summary in Medical Nutrition, gingko extract helps halt the deterioration process of the elderly patients. By increasing cerebral blood flow, oxygen and glucose utilization, gingko biloba offers some relief against the side effects of aging. In addition, gingko has long been recognized as a powerful antiasthmatic in traditional Chinese medicine.

- Asahi Evening News
Bato Balani Junior Vol. 15 No. 2


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