Combining your antioxidants may be the way to get the most out of them – some research has shown that pairing some antioxidants with each other helps increase their effectiveness in protecting the body against disease.
There’s a reason why variety is not just the spice of life – when it comes to food, some variety can also impart added benefits. In the case of antioxidants, it is ideal to include a wide range of differently coloured fruit and vegetables into the diet so obtain a spectrum of antioxidant benefits. But did you know that you can also glean more if you know the right combination of antioxidants to include?
Like some famous superhero partnerships, studies have shown that antioxidants seem to work better together than they often do alone. Find out how to pair antioxidants to form an unbeatable team.
- Coenzyme Q10 and Pine Bark Extract
A recent study shows that the combination of Coenzyme Q10 and Pine Bark Extract helps in promoting cardiovascular health. CoQ10 supports healthy heart and blood vessel function whereas pine bark supplies the antioxidant proanthocyanidins, an active compound that helps to maintain a healthy capillary circulatory system.
Research also shows that pine bark and CoQ10 synergistically protect 53% of blood lipids from oxidation compared to less than 30% as individual ingredients. These two antioxidant ingredients also appear to have synergistic effects on the body and work to protect and enhance the entire vascular system, including improving blood vessel integrity, blood lipid values, circulation, blood pressure, heart rate and heart function. Other studies indicate that taking pine bark extract with Coenzyme Q10 helps improve heart health in heart failure patients by bolstering blood pressure regulation, strengthening endothelial function, reducing hypertension, and improving overall physical ability.
- Curcumin and Green tea
The active ingredients in green tea are polyphenols found in the form of catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). When combined with curcumin, the major yellow pigment in turmeric, studies suggest that they produce a synergistic colon cancer-preventative effect. Studies have also shown that a combination of EGCG and curcumin may have significant and synergistic activity in preventing and reversing cancer as well as inhibiting tumour growth.
- Vitamin E & Green tea
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that, when incorporated into the lipid portion of cell membrane and other molecules, protects these structures from oxidative damage. Studies have indicated that consuming green tea and Vitamin E provided a protective effect against heart attack as well as prevented oxidative degradation of fats. This synergistic effect was due to each compound helping to regenerate the other to make them more effective. Vitamin C helped regenerate green tea polyphenols and green tea polyphenols helped regenerate Vitamin E.
- Lycopene and Lutein
Lutein is known have eye protecting qualities and when combined with lycopene (which promotes prostate health) the combination may help prevent colon cancer. In a study using different combinations of carotenoids, it is found that the most efficient mixture of carotenoids consisted of lycopene and lutein.