Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock writes The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter and has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Tags: senior citizens | antioxidants | free radicals | inflammation | Dr. Russell Blaylock

Seniors Need More Antioxidants

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 09:33 AM

Any time we experience an elevation in the free radicals in our bodies, our cells and tissues respond by dramatically increasing antioxidant defenses. But we see a progressive decline in this protective ability with aging, so, people who are middle-aged, and especially those who are older, need to eat many more foods that contain antioxidants.

They should also supplement
with additives that are known to stimulate antioxidant enzyme production, such as curcumin, selenium, magnesium, NAC, and melatonin. (For a detailed discussion of supplements, read my special report "The Power of Supplements: Amazing Truths That Can Keep You Healthy.")
Recent news stories have had some “talking heads” saying that antioxidant supplements are dangerous. But these people ignore the massive free radical generation seen in many diseases as well as in aging individuals.
Millions of people in older age groups need very high intakes of antioxidants to bring their free radical levels back to normal. (For a detailed discussion on how inflammation causes diseases and how antioxidants can help, see my newsletter "Inflammation: The Real Cause of Most Diseases.") Researchers have found that antioxidants reduced atherosclerosis by 50 percent — far greater than with even the highest dose of a statin drug.
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