Scientific research shows that it is possible to neutralise oxidative damage to cells and organs partly. The first group of ingredients are plants. Vinca minor (Periwinkle) stimulates cerebral blood flow. Dioscorea villosa or Wild Yam is a plant rich in saponins such as dioscin and aglycone diosgenin. Diosgenin is a phyto-hormone and precursor to numerous hormones. Broccoli contains sulphoraphane and plays an important part in the detoxification of potential carcinogens and chemical substances disrupting the endocrine system. Flax seed contains lignans stimulating SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) synthesis. SHBG binds hormones (especially harmful hormone metabolites) so that they cannot function anymore.
Maca or Peruvian ginseng (Lepidium meyenii) is an adaptogen influencing the hypothalamus-hypophysis-adrenal axis. The Pinus maritima extract supports a better nutrient transport and helps to protect the capillaries.
A second group of ingredients are vitamins (natural) and (co-)enzymes with antioxidative effects. It has been demonstrated that they can improve the membrane fluidity and inhibit DNA damage. Antioxidants can reduce the harmful effects of LDL cholesterol on the vascular wall and therefore lower the risk of coronary infarction. Phosphatidyl serine is of vital importance for the structure and activity of all cells; it plays an important role in the brain signal function.
Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant produced by the body and in large quantities present in heart, liver and kidneys. In contrast to most antioxidants lipoic acid is both water and fat soluble; it plays an important part in the repair of energy levels and general resistance. Glutathione levels decline as people age. It is essential to the detoxification process and the synthesis and repair of mistakes in copying the DNA. Coenzyme Q10 is an essential component of the mitochondria, the energy producing units of the cells. B-vitamins affect the health of the nervous system; at the same time, they play a vital part in the conversion of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to their respective prostaglandins, thromboxanes and leukotrines which are responsible for the normal physiology of most tissues.
It goes without saying that a food supplement should be integrated in a healthy way of living. Essential are a well-balanced diet and physical exercise, and the use of specific antioxidants of course can retard ageing and improve life quality.