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Nutrients That Make You Younger

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Carotenes
Beta carotene and lycopene are among nature’s most potent antioxidants. There is evidence that the more carotenes present in tissues, the longer the life span. Best juice: dandelion greens, carrots, kale, parsley, spinach , beet greens, watercress, mangos, cantaloupes, and apricots.

Vitamin C
Vitamin c is an antioxidant that has protective effects that keep cells from free radical damage. One study showed that subjects 50 years old or more who consumed the greatest amount of vitamin C were clinically similar to the 40 year old who were consuming the least amount of vitamin C. Best juice sources: kale, parsley, broccoli, brussels sprouts, watercress, strawberries, papayas, spinach, oranges, lemons, and grapefruit.

Vitamin E
This is a powerful antioxidant. Studies have shown there is an increased need for vitamin E, especially when oxidative stress is increased and at higher altitudes. Vitamin E can help prevent lipid peroxidation. Best juice: spinach, asparagus, carrots, and tomatoes.

Selenium
This is another key antioxidant. In one study with over 100 people, aging was associated with a decrease in selenium status. Best juice sources: turnips, garlic, oranges, and grapes.

Enzymes
The most powerful free radical scavenging enzymes are superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase. Best juise: all fruits and vegetables.

Phytonutrients
Many phytonutrients are antioxidants. Carotenoids, found in prasley, carrots, cantaloupes, apricots, spinach, kale, turnip greens, and citrus fruits, are significant factors in determining maximum life span. Flavonoids, found in parsley, carrots, citrus,fruits, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, and berries, have a positive effect on collagen, which maintains ground substances. Ground substance holds tissues together and supports skin structure. In particular, the flavonoids proanthocyanidins and POCs found in berries and grapes, offer much greater antioxidant activity that vitamin C and E.

HCI betaine
As we age, the body produces less and less hydrochloric acid(stomach acid). Hydrochloric acid kills bacteria in the stomach and breaks down food as part of the digestive process. Supplemental HCI betaine aids digestion and may be beneficial in slowing aging.

Melatonin
This free radical scavenging antioxidant is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland. Studies show that melatonin can retard the rate of aging and the time of onset of age related diseases.

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