Antioxidants - What are they? And why are they good for you?

The term antioxidant gets thrown around so easily today and it seems that every new superfood contains the highest number of antioxidants. This can be confusing So, what exactly is an antioxidant, why are they good for you and how do you make sure you are getting enough of them? 

 

What are antioxidants  

Every day our bodies are exposed to a variety of toxins and substances such as environmental pollutantscigarette smoke, chemicals (such as pesticides and preservatives) and even from when you eat and exercise. These toxins and substances can lead to free radicals forming in the body and its these free radicals that may negatively impact the body.  

Antioxidants are substances that can stop the free radicals from causing effects in the body. Quite simply they ‘mop up’ the free radicals. To help prevent the effects of free radicals, the body has a defence system of antioxidants. To further help with free radicals, you can consume natural and powerful antioxidants in the diet and through dietary supplements such as olive leaf extract.1,2 

Health articles and published literature often use different terms when referring to antioxidants. When explaining the health benefits of specific olive products like Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Olive Leaf Extract, the term polyphenols or biophenols may be used. These are distinctive terms used in olive chemistry and in general terms mean the same as antioxidant.2,3 

 

Health benefits of antioxidants 

Antioxidants are essential in maintaining and promoting good health. 

Increasing antioxidants in the diet has become much easier today with the availability of powerful antioxidant supplements and the increased knowledge of the health benefits of an antioxidant rich diet. Seasonal and colourful fruits and vegetables as well as legumes, grains, nuts and lean meats will ensure a rich supply of antioxidants in your diet, however during times of stress, illness or increased exercise and endurance our bodies may benefit from supplemental antioxidants to assist the body with free radicals 

 

 

Wellgrove Olive Leaf Extract – packed with over 10 antioxidants   

Wellgrove Olive Leaf Extract is an herbal supplement that provide a broad spectrum of antioxidants.  

Wellgrove comes in two different strengths: 

Immune Support*  Wellgrove Immune Support* helps promote general health and wellbeing and has traditionally been used in Western herbal medicine to help support immune system health. It also helps to relieve symptoms of common colds and flu.*  

Wellgrove immune support also provides antioxidants that help reduce free radicals formed in the body. 

 

*Traditionally used in Western Herbal Medicine to help support immune system health and help relieve symptoms of common colds and flu. 

 

Heart Health – Wellgrove Heart Health is an extra strength** olive leaf extract that helps support cardiovascular health, helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels and helps maintain healthy blood lipids. It also provides antioxidants that help reduce free radicals formed in the body.  

 

According to a recent study, Wellgrove Heart Health Extra Strength** contained the most total antioxidants per dose of any product that was tested (of similar strength) from the Australian market.6  

 

**Wellgrove Heart Health Extra Strength contains 47% more total antioxidants per dose than Wellgrove Immune Support.  

 

If you have any questions about these products, please reach us at info@wellgrovehealth.com.au 

 

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. 

 

 

REFERENCES

  1. Lee O-H, Lee B-Y. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of individual and combined phenolics in Olea europaea leaf extract. Bioresource technology. 2010;101(10):3751-4.
  2. Umeno A, Takashima M, Murotomi K, Nakajima Y, Koike T, Matsuo T, et al. Radical-scavenging activity and antioxidative effects of olive leaf components oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol in comparison with homovanillic alcohol. Journal of oleo science. 2015;64(7):793-800.
  3. Umeno A, Takashima M, Murotomi K, et al. Radical-scavenging Activity and Antioxidative Effects of Olive Leaf Components Oleuropein and Hydroxytyrosol in Comparison with Homovanillic Alcohol. J Ole Sci. 2015; 64:7;793-800.
  4. Bjelakovic G, Nikolova D, Gluud LL, et al.Antioxidant supplements for prevention of mortality in healthy participants and patients with various diseases. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012; 14(3):CD007176. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007176.pub2. 
  5. George ES, Marshall S, Mayr HL, et al. The effect of high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil on cardiovascular risk factors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2019;59(17):2772-2795 
  6. 6. Ian Breakspear, Preliminary results: Olive leaf extract in cardiovascular care: a phytochemical comparison of extracts in the Australian marketplace, May 2019