Your lymphatic system can basically be though of as the body's sewer system. It collects waste, carries them through and helps eliminate them from you body.
With lymphedema, this system is severely damaged and is unable to perform the function it is suppose to. So it needs and extra boost, as helping hand as it were to help clean these waste from your body.
Antioxidant vitamins give it that extra boost, and helps eliminate waste and radical free agent (by products of the body's metabolic action).
Antioxidant vitamins are defined as nutrients (vitamins) or enzymes that help clean up damaging free radicals that damage our body tissues and which have been implicated as a causative agent in many diseases and conditions. Radical free agents come from our body's metabolic process, smoking, alcohol, and even the pollution of our modern world.
A list of antioxidants include:
1. Vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene
2. Lycopene - for example is found in tomatoes
3. Flavonoids - found in gilkg biloba, black cherries, blackberries, blueberries (also bynzopyrones belong in the flavonoid family)
4. Quericetin - a specialized flavonoid.
5. Coenzyme Q10 - a vitamin-like substance
6. Selenium - indirectly an antioxidant as it is required for the production of the major antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase
June 18, 2008
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