What are “Endogenous Antioxidants” and how are they our cell’s secret weapons to fight the damaging war that we all face – the war of “oxidative stress”?
Though the inner war of oxidative stress (commonly referred to as “free radical damage”) is not something we immediately see or even feel, the results of the ongoing onslaught of this microscopic war can result on the outside as damage to our bodies including the onset of deadly degenerative diseases.
Free radicals are harmful molecules that come from our environment, our diet, prescription medications, smoking, alcohol and even strenuous exercise. “Antioxidants” are the warriors that fight the oxidation war within. If free radicals outnumber or overwhelm the antioxidant defense system, every part of our body is vulnerable to damage – including our DNA. In a nutshell, free radicals are responsible for the damage to the core microscopic foundation of our body – our cells.
Endogenous Antioxidants vs. Exogenous Antioxidants
“Endogenous” antioxidants originate from within the cell versus “exogenous” antioxidants which originate from outside (from our food or supplements).
It has been known for years that food rich in natural antioxidants and high quality supplements (exogenous antioxidants) can be very beneficial in fighting this inner war. Antioxidants in this form can neutralize individual free radicals. In the right synergistic balance, these antioxidants can also renew each other to fight even more free radicals! The words from our mom’s to “eat our fruits and vegetables” was some of the most important advice we ever received as they can contain this needed army of antioxidants to fight against the inner war that none of us are immune against.
The more powerful army of antioxidants are actually ones that the cells in our body make on their own. These endogenous antioxidants can neutralize hundreds if not thousands of free radicals per second.
Exogenous antioxidants can be viewed as inviting a constant stream of soldiers into the battle field armed with pistols for our defense. These soldiers are needed throughout the body to neutralize the enemy of free radicals that we encounter every day.
Endogenous antioxidants are the powerful smart bombs that the cells themselves produce and strategically aim at the enemy army of free radicals. This may not be a perfect analogy but an attempt to highlight the relative power of both types of antioxidants. Both are needed to fight the war.
There are five important endogenous antioxidants that our cells produce:
- Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
- Glutathione Peroxidase
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
USANA InCelligence Technology™ takes the scientific discovery of exogenous antioxidants a step further. The nutrients in the InCelligence Complex signal our cells to produce these powerful endogenous antioxidants to protect them from free radicals.*
The U.S. patent-pending InCelligence Complex found in the CellSentials™ supplements offers our cells this unique, effective and personalized antioxidant protection.*
Watch this video to see a visual demonstration of the microscopic war that we are facing daily and the power of the cell-signaling CellSentials™ to trigger the endogenous antioxidant protection for our cells.*