Anti-oxidant cycling

Anti-oxidant cycling

In antioxidant cycling, antioxidants work together for an enhanced, combined effect.  When the antioxidant vitamin E disables free radicals, it becomes a minor free radical. Both vitamin C and alpha-lipoic acid convert the radical form of vitamin E back to its antioxidant-self.  However, when vitamin C recycles vitamin E, it changes to a free radical. Alpha-lipoic acid and glutathione can both “recycle” vitamin C back into a potent antioxidant.

Glutathione not only recycles vitamin C, but is the cells’ primary antioxidant. Maintaining high levels of glutathione is critical for life – low glutathione levels are a marker for death at an early age.

Glutathione diminishes as we age and cannot be boosted significantly through supplements.  N-acetylcysteine manufactures glutathione, and alpha-lipoic acid regenerates glutathione, ensuring that the body has an adequate supply. Selenium is part of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which recycles glutathione.

OPCs also play a role in cycling as they sacrifice themselves in order to neutralize harmful free radicals.  In doing so, they make it possible for vitamins C and E and selenium to do less “antioxidant” work, allowing these nutrients to perform their other functions in the body.

The ingredients found in AIM Proancynol® 2000 work together to provide optimum free radical protection.



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Reference AIM Proancynol 2000 data sheet 2005


What is glutathione?

What is glutathione—Glutathione is a substance naturally produced by the human body through the synthesis of certain amino acids in the liver. It’s also used by virtually every cell of the body to neutralize toxins. Since glutathione is composed of three amino acids, namely gamma-glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine, it is classified as a tripeptide. However, unlike some other tripeptides, glutathione possesses a unique peptide linking structure within the cysteine and glutamate chain. The thiol group in the former allows the glutathione molecule to provide what is known as a reducing equivalent, which means the ability to donate one electron to other molecules rendered unstable and highly reactive due to a lack of balanced electron pairs.  The primary function of glutathione is to provide antioxidant activity by regulating the reduction of cysteine thiol side chains as they adhere to proteins. This action helps to deter oxidative stress and cellular damage from free radicals. In fact, glutathione is essential to protect the eyes, skin, kidneys, liver and many other organs from toxic byproducts produced by the body through normal metabolism. In the liver, glutathione aids in the detoxification and removal of harmful toxins, including those generated through environmental pollution, and the consumption of alcohol and drugs.

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