Antioxidants are like superheroes for our bodies. These important molecules help you maintain optimal health by helping to fight off free radicals (the bad “villains”).*
Most of us get antioxidants from the foods we eat… like green tea, fruits, and vegetables; however, many people do not get the recommended amount of these foods in their diet.
One way to help ensure you get the optimal amounts of antioxidants is to take a high-quality supplement that supplies many different kinds of these powerful nutrients – so you get what your body requires. But how can you differentiate between a general antioxidant product and one that truly makes a difference?
First of all, you should ensure your supplement is non-GMO and gluten-free. Another important aspect to look at is what type of antioxidants your supplement contains.
My Catechins formula features only highly beneficial ingredients — unlike supplements with only one type of antioxidant.
What I Believe Makes Catechins Better Than Other Green Tea Extracts
My antioxidant formula has the perfect amounts of each ingredient – to ensure you only get exactly what you need, unlike other brands. Plus, I use only top-quality sources of:
Green Tea Extract
The green tea extract in my formula has catechins such as EGCG, a powerful and potent antioxidant,* equivalent to one cup of good quality green tea. The tea is decaffeinated using an ethanol water extract and there are no salt residues in the final product. That way, you don’t have to deal with side effects from caffeine and you can still get the benefits from the catechins.
One good point to keep in mind is that it’s important to pick a high-quality product you can trust. In our formula, we carefully monitor and select the optimal amount of polyphenols and catechins for maximum benefit. As mentioned earlier with green tea, too much green tea extract has also been associated with liver damage at high levels of use, so it’s important to monitor the amount.
Among other benefits, green tea has been shown to support heart health starting at only 1 cup per day – exactly the amount you get in my supplement.*
Much different than popular green tea, another powerful antioxidant comes from a much less utilized source: blue-green algae, or more specifically spirulina. The algae gets its natural bluish tint from the vibrant phytopigment, phycocyanin – an antioxidant that is ONLY found in spirulina.
Studies show that phycocyanin may support your brain and heart health, help protect against oxidative stress, and support a healthy immune system.*
My catechins formula contains 50 mg of phycocyanin-rich spirulina extract – giving it its distinctive blue color. This ingredient adds hepato- and nephron-protective antioxidants to the formula.*
Mixed Berry Extract
My Catechins formula also includes New Zealand black currant and Canadian blueberry extracts high in anthocyanins.
Numerous studies show that anthocyanins contain a wide-range of health-supporting properties.*
As is the problem with all of the nutrients we need in our diets, however, sometimes it can be hard to get enough.
According to one study, in 2009, only 32.5 percent of US adults ate fruit two or more times per day, meaning that most people are not regularly getting the anthocyanin benefits from fresh berries in their diet.
Vitamin C – For Extra Absorption
Plus, my Catechins supplement contains 30mg of vitamin C, which helps to maintain the level of catechins in the product so you receive the full benefits.*
Catechins can be unstable in the intestines, so in other products, the full amount of catechins may not remain after digestion. However, studies have shown that adding ascorbic acid to the formula helps to stabilize the catechins, so you’re better able to utilize the catechins.
Having vitamin C in a catechins supplement is an absolute must.
As you can see, not all antioxidant supplements are created equal.
Why I Believe That the Dosage in My Catechins Formula Is Perfect
You wouldn’t drink two or three cups of green tea at once – so you shouldn’t have a high dose of its beneficial constituents at once either.
A 2003 study shows that it’s actually better to have a lower dose of antioxidants (50 mg to 100 mg), than a higher dose. Since catechins are water-soluble antioxidants, it’s wasteful to take a larger dose since anything beyond what your body needs will be flushed out of your system.
The dosage in this formula is also perfect because it ensures you get the necessary water-soluble antioxidants that you need in your diet each day – so you don’t have to worry about being deficient.
What Makes Antioxidants So Effective?
As mentioned, antioxidants’ main claim to fame is their ability to fight potentially harmful free radicals.* Free radicals are a normal biological response to stress or certain environmental triggers, like cigarette smoke. Free radicals are also produced when you exercise.
The problem with free radicals is that they can become rampant and cause your cells to perform poorly, damaging your DNA and cell structures. When you have an excess of free radicals, it can also lead to tissue degradation, putting you at risk for potential disease and becoming dangerous for your health.
Antioxidants, therefore, are nature’s way of providing your cells with adequate defense against free radical damage. If you don't have an adequate supply of antioxidants to help squelch free radicals, then you can be at risk for oxidative stress – the state in which free radicals in your body outnumber your antioxidant defenses.
It is fair to say then, that when you have a balanced supply of antioxidants, you are more likely to be healthier, with a stronger immune system, and in optimal health.* So what kind of antioxidants do you need?
Water-Soluble vs. Lipid-Soluble Antioxidants
Why Your Body Needs Both Lipid- and Water-Soluble Antioxidants:
In order to fight harmful free radicals, your body needs BOTH types of antioxidants – lipid- and water-soluble – since each one targets different types of cells and tissues for free radical scavenging.
Water-soluble antioxidants are present in aqueous fluids, like blood and intracellular and extracellular fluids. They react with oxidants in the cell cytosol (fluid portion of cytoplasm) and the blood plasma.
Lipid-soluble antioxidants, in contrast, are localized to cellular membranes and lipoproteins. They protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation.*
When both water-soluble and lipid-soluble antioxidants are taken together, the efficacy is enhanced.
If you aren’t getting enough of both types of antioxidants in your diet, you should take top-quality antioxidant supplements to ensure you get enough.
There are actually two types of antioxidants – lipid-soluble and water-soluble (also known as fat soluble). In order to effectively fight free radicals, your body needs both types.
Lipid- or fat-soluble antioxidants protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation.* Some examples of lipid-soluble antioxidants include vitamins E, A, beta-carotene, and my personal favorite, astaxanthin.
In contrast, water-soluble antioxidants are present in aqueous fluids, like blood and intracellular and extracellular fluids. Examples of water-soluble antioxidants include vitamin C, glutathione, and catechins, including those found in my new Catechins supplement.
Supplement Your Healthy Diet With Catechins!
My Catechins supplement:
- Offers a master blend of naturally occurring antioxidants from well-known superfoods
- Ensures you get the right amount of water-soluble antioxidants in your diet, which is necessary to help fight free radicals that could negatively affect your health*
- Delivers a broad spectrum of active compounds from catechins, polyphenols, phycocyanins, and anthocyanins
- Has catechins such as EGCG – a potent, powerful antioxidant* -- equivalent to the amount found in one cup of high-quality green tea
- Has 50 mg of spirulina extract
- Includes New Zealand black currant and Canadian blueberry extracts to help provide anthocyanins
- Has 30 mg of vitamin C for increased absorption and stabilization of catechins
And remember – my Catechins supplement also offers what I consider to be the exact amount necessary of each ingredient to ensure you are only getting what you need. So don’t wait to try this incredible immune-supporting product today!*
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