Certain nutrients, called antioxidants, prevent cellular damage in the body by performing a cleansing action of sorts. They are also fundamental in building our immunity and participate in neurotransmitter creation, major brain chemicals. Neurotransmitters help regulate our mood. Chronic stress causes a deficiency in nutrients, in turn causing a deficiency in supplies of neurotransmitters.
Prolonged stress also causes an increase in free radicals in the body. Free radicals are intensely reactive, unstable molecules that damage human cells. They have been connected to an acceleration of the aging process. When they cause damage to nerve cells, short and long term emotional symptoms occur.
The term antioxidant comes from the fact that the damage from free radicals is primarily oxidative. Oxidation is the process by which a molecule in our body loses an electron to another molecule. That molecule becomes a free radical.
Free radicals can cause damage to the entire neurological system. Short term symptoms may include anxiety, nervous tension and irritability. Studies have linked panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder with free radical damage. Longer term damage is thought to play a role in dementia and Alzheimers disease.
Antioxidants counterbalance the effects of free radicals. Supplementing with antioxidants protects and even helps heal the body.
The Antioxidants included in the Neuro Natural Serenity formula are:
Grape Seed Extract
Grape Seed Extract is an antioxidant rich in plant-derived polyphenols known as proanthocyanidins. It protects the nerves and has anti-stress capability. It helps preserve cognitive function when the body is under stress.
Polyphenols preserve memory and grape seed extract has shown promise in the treatment of Alzheimers disease.
Green Tea Extract
Green Tea Extract contains a high concentration of the antioxidants polyphenols. Polyphenols prevent and reduce damage caused by free radicals. Green tea also contains an amino acid called L-theanine found almost exclusively in green tea. L-theanine has a calming effect on the nervous system by increasing GABA and dopamine, neurotransmitters in the brain.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the most powerful antioxidants made by the body. It is found in every cell, where it converts glucose into energy. It improves energy in nerve cells in areas of the brain that control emotions. Because it is both fat and water-soluble, it can work in the entire body. It is thought that it may aid in recreating other antioxidants that have become inactive.
Trans-resveratrol is a complex form of the polyphenol resveratrol. Derived from plants, it has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It protects healthy cells against free radicals. It provides benefits for cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease and cancer.
Pomegranate Extract is one of the most researched antioxidants. Its use as an herbal medicinal dates back 3000 years. Today it is used in the treatment of atherosclerosis, heart disease and high blood pressure. It has also been shown clinically effective in treating depression. It is found to have more antioxidant action than green tea and red wine. Ellagic acid is the active constituent said to be responsible for its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.
Selenium is a trace mineral that is also a powerful antioxidant. It is important for optimal immune system function and the health of the thyroid gland. It is considered one of the best antioxidants for a mental problem.