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5 Botanicals to Boost Antioxidant Power

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5 Botanicals to Boost Antioxidant Power

We all have heard that certain botanicals, herbs, etc., are antioxidant in their actions, but what actually are antioxidants?

As the name implies, antioxidants are substances that are capable of counteracting the damaging, but normal, effects of the physiological process of oxidation in animal tissue. Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as enzymes (proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions). They are believed to play a role in preventing the development of such chronic diseases as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts. Oxidative stress occurs when the production of harmful molecules called free radicals is beyond the protective capability of the antioxidant defenses. Here is an article that gives great detail on antioxidants and some suggestions for them; but beyond these recommendations there are some botanicals in the news lately that may be extremely valuable, especially when combined to combat oxidative stress.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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6:11AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Thank you

9:35AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Great, thank you!

2:22PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

I would love to know if any of these can be grown in Northern North American (preferably in a pot so they have less of a risk being a danger to native plants), and if so the care they would need, lighting, moisture, soil type, ect.

If it cannot be grown in Northern North American (indoor in pots for non-native, and outside for native and non-harmful introduced) i try and avoid it in remedies as the cost is usually high in my area, unless there is no other choice. Though my cats don't like anything being grown indoors....

9:43AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

helpful, thanks

8:29AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you Celeste, for Sharing this!

3:27PM PST on Nov 21, 2012


7:50AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

very helpful

10:22PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

A lot of them I have never heard of before. interesting though.

10:16PM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

Wild rose hip tea, my Sweetheart Wife started making it for us. Love you Kitten:))

11:33PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

Thank you for the valuable information, Difficult to obtain these materials.Therefore medications used because it easy .

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