Cells in the human body is where biochemical processes that use oxygen for energy generation occur. This kind of process, called oxidation, generates potentially harmful waste products: free radicals.
Antioxidants are a set of chemically different substances that can tackle or inhibit oxidation. Antioxidant enzyme systems can be divided into endogenous, the ones produced by our body, or exogenous that are introduced in it through food or supplements.
Natural antioxidants can be found in fruits and vegetables and are divided into three groups: vitamins, carotenoids and phenolic compounds.
Glutathione is the most powerful and important among the antioxidants our body produces. It’s a combination of three amino acids; it tackles ageing through the intestines and circulatory system. It has strong anti-ageing properties, it protects cells, tissues and organs of the body and it keeps them young. Glutathione has also detoxifying properties: it chelates toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury and aluminum, carries them away and eliminates them from the body. Moreover, it protects the liver from damage caused by the consumption of alcohol and drugs. It is also thought to strengthen the immune system, protect the crystalline lens of the eyes, and prevent degenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. To enhance its action it is preferable to combine it with selenium, its precursor, and vitamin E.
Vitamin C, commonly known as ascorbic acid, is the most powerful water-soluble antioxidant found in blood plasma. Since it is water-soluble, it captures free radicals in cellular aqueous compartments, that is, in the intracellular fluid or plasma. It can regenerate vitamin E or tocopherol, an antioxidant fat-soluble vitamin. Our body can’t synthesize vitamin C that should be taken through fruits, vegetables, leafy greens or herbal products made from dog-rose, camu-camu, acerola or baobab. If you don’t take enough vitamin C in your daily diet, we suggest that you take 500 mg of it daily for long periods. We recommend to taking it in the morning and, in any case, never after 6 p.m. to avoid hyperactivity in the evening.
Sunflower seed and wheat germ oil are very rich in vitamin E. We suggest that you buy the former organic and cold-pressed and use it to season salads and vegetables and that you take the latter – that has an unpleasant flavour – in pearls twice a day with food.
This vitamin can significantly delay the ageing process, that’s why it’s widely used in cosmetics. It is often found in anti-wrinkle creams because it helps maintaining the skin’s physiological conditions.
Polyphenols are the antioxidants with the best scavenger properties, i.e. those that stop the spread of oxidation reactions.
Phenols include resveratrol, an effective antioxidant with better properties than vitamin E, vitamin C and betacarotene, with which, however, it has a synergistic action. It’s important for the prevention of human pathologic processes such as inflammation, atherosclerosis and cancer development.
Singapore (Singapura, 新加坡, சிங்கப்பூர்) is a city-state in Southeast Asia. Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, since independence it has become one of the world’s most prosperous, tax-friendly countries and boasts the world’s busiest port.
Combining the skyscrapers and subways of a modern, affluent city with a medley of Chinese, Malay, Arab, and Indian influences along with a tropical climate, tasty food from hawker centres, copious shopping malls, and vibrant night-life scene, this Garden City makes a great stopover or springboard into the region. Singapore is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world for a lot of reasons, one of which is the less stringent entry requirements. Singapore is a small island country. With a population size of over 5.5 million people it is a very crowded city, third only to Monaco and Hong Kong as the world’s most densely populated country.
However, unlike many other densely populated countries, Singapore – with more than 50% of its area covered by greenery and with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves – is an enchanting garden city.
Large self-contained residential towns have mushroomed all over the island, around the clean and modern city centre.
The centre of the city is located in the south — consisting roughly of the Orchard Road shopping area, the Riverside, the new Marina Bay area and also the skyscraper-filled Shenton way financial district known, in acronym-loving