Your body continuously produces free oxygen radicals while exercising and digesting food. These rascals are highly unstable molecules. If the free radicals exceed the body's ability to neutralize them, oxidative stress can occur, leading to cell damage (1): Over the last few years, oxidative damage seems to be involved in the development of numerous diseases (2). The reactive oxygen radicals can lead to the development of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, brain aging, and various types of cancer (3). Free radicals exposure can also come from other environmental sources, such as sunlight, air pollution and cigarettes smoke.
Therefore, a lot of attention has been paid to antioxidant substances as potential agents for treating or preventing these diseases.
(Unnatural) supplements solely containing high dosages of antioxidants are not recommended.
Several studies have shown that supplements with high amount of antioxidants can eliminate some health benefits associated with physical exercise (4-7). As a result, natural resources of antioxidants have gained popularity.
Conclusion: Antioxidants from natural sources can protect your body by neutralizing oxidative stress
A natural detox
For thousands of years, Marine Phytoplankton has been able to detoxify itself and the water around them against damaging substances. Interestingly, water makes up 60% of the human body and a portion of our blood - plasma - contains salt levels similar to seawater (8). Marine Phytoplankton contains unique pigments (carotenoids) and enzymes that contain anti-oxidative properties that can neutralize free radicals.
What makes Marine Phytoplankton unique, is that they contain natural carotenoids.
Conclusion: We humans are not able to synthesize these pigments ourselves, so we need to include them in our diet.
Marine phytoplankton: contains strong antioxidants
Marine Phytoplankton contains enzymes and pigments that are able to protect cells against oxidative damage (9). The majority of research has highlighted the anti-oxidative role of pigments in particular, such as beta-carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin, fucoxanthin, and astaxanthin (10-11). Marine Phytoplankton also contains superoxide dismutase: Vital and powerful enzymes that are responsible for neutralizing oxidative damage (12-13).
Besides pigments (carotenoids), algae contain a high variety of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates (14).
The unique combination of substances in algae offer the potential to provide an anti-oxidative power that is comparable, or even higer then, the antioxidative power of fruits and terresterial plants (15)
Discover Marine Phytoplankton
Marine Phytoplankton, an "all-in-one" superfood full of natural nutrients.
Besides being the source of Omega-3 fatty acids, Marine Phytoplankton is rich in vitamins minerals and strong antioxidants.
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Please click below to see which scientific articles were used to gather information concerning the subject.
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