Antioxidants play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy and strong immune system. One of their primary tasks is to protect the body from internal damage, the other being aiding its immune system to protect the body from attacks by foreign invaders (ranging from bacteria to pathogenic microbes). Chinese herbalism and western science alike accepts the fact that our immune system is an amazingly elaborate system designed for the sole sake of shielding our internal systems from foreign invaders. It comprises various subsystems that work together to protect our body against outside attacks. Primary organs and systems include the spleen, thymus, the lymph system, the bone marrow, white blood cells and various antibodies. But all of these organs and protective systems require antioxidants to protect the body from itself.
Our metabolism continuously produces free radicals in response to metabolic processes and external stress factors - ranging from poor diet, and environmental toxins, to fatigue and emotional stress. These free radicals are highly reactive and can induce a chain reaction with neighboring molecules. Antioxidants continuously react with these free radicals and neutralize them. Some important antioxidants are common household terms - Vitamin E and C, Polyphenols, Zinc. Each antioxidant has its own role and part to play in our immune system's function, and hence must be absorbed in proper amounts. Chinese herbalism has a long tradition (over 5000 years) of creating formulas that have antioxidant properties. These powerful natural compounds support our bodies with beneficial protection while simultaneously boosting our body's capacity to absorb optimum amounts of these nutrients from the food we consume. When used over long periods of time, Chinese herbal remedies have proven their effectiveness in harmonizing bodily functions, and consequently increasing its vitality and immunity to outside attacks.
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