Antioxidants are known for their ability to protect cells from environmental stressors (like UV exposure and pollution) that have been linked to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and immune system deficiencies. They work to neutralize damage caused by these stressors, boost overall health and ultimately support healthy aging.
If you’re looking for total body anti-aging support, these antioxidant supplements are great options to consider.
Used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric (curcumin’s source) is known for its ability to treat a variety of ailments, including pain and joint inflammation.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation and affects about 1.5 million adults in the U.S. Often starting later in life, it can be managed with a diet rich in antioxidants to help control the associated inflammation.
In a study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis who took 500 milligrams of curcumin twice daily, researchers found the subjects reported less swelling and pain than subjects who were randomized to a prescription medication to treat the condition.
Most curcumin supplements are poorly absorbed, but those with added turmerones significantly increase the bioavailability and effectiveness of curcumin.
There is no recommended dose of curcumin, but it has been recognized by the FDA as a safe ingredient. Your doctor can recommend a dose that is right for you.
As people age, changes to the brain occur, which can lead to memory loss, difficulty learning and cognitive decline. A healthy diet consisting of fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts like the Mediterranean diet can go a long way towards keeping your brain young.
Brain-boosting antioxidant supplements like vitamin C can help, too. In fact, a review article that examined 50 studies on the effect of vitamin C and cognition found higher vitamin C levels in healthy study participants when compared to those who suffered from cognitive impairments like dementia.
The recommended daily amount of vitamin C for adults is 65 to 90 milligrams (mg) per day, though doses up to 2,000 mg/day are considered safe.