I personally do not take synthetic drugs or supplements, for I
am a firm believer in natural sources, and yes, I do practice
what I preach, and have found that it works for me and my
family over the years.
But too much of anything is not good, even water. How does
one know what is to much though, or not enough?
Here is some info I found that made a lot of sense, and I
have found it to be true with others who adjust their
products to what their body needs.
Now that I've sacrileged the shrine of antioxidants, the
inevitable questions arise. First, should you take
antioxidants? Unquestionably, yes.
How much vitamin E and other antioxidants should you take? There's no simple answer. The traditional, and low,
Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) are in a state of
flux and will probably be revised upward. Last year, the
nonprofit Alliance for Aging Research, based in Washington,
D.C., recommended that generally healthy people take
antioxidant supplements in the following daily ranges:
* vitamin E, 100-400 IU,
* vitamin C, 200-1,000 mg., and
* beta-carotene, 17,500-50,000 IU.
To decide how much of these antioxidants you should
take, weigh the free radical stresses you face. Do you live in
a large, polluted city? Do you smoke or live with a smoker?
Do you live at a high altitude or spend a lot of time in the sun?
Do you eat refined foods with polunsaturated fats (from which
the vitamin E has been removed)? The more of these questions
you say "yes" to, the higher your antioxidant intake should probably be.
Ultimately, of course, you have to listen to your body and
determine the dose you feel better at, or worse, and adjust
By all means, take more if you feel better-or if a physician
suggests that you do so. However, if you're really studious
about your diet, eat organic foods, are relatively young, and
in good health, you may not need a lot of supplemental antioxidants.
One more point to consider:
Harman contends that the downward slide begins at age
27, meaning this is when you really need to start protecting
yourself against the growing free radical cascade in your
I would like to add that I have more energy at 40 then I had
at 20, and that's a sign to me that I am doing something right.
I do go by a day to day basis on what I take though. I just
listen to what my body tells me I need.
Hey mom, look, I'm an expert. [;)]