While the benefits of exercise far outweigh the negatives, especially when it comes to helping you avoid cardiovascular problems, I do want to mention an important precaution to take while exercising...
Free radical assaults can be aggravated by even the most moderate exercise. Exercise-induced free radicals can contribute to the development of arterial blockage by causing your LDL cholesterol levels to increase and it then sticking to the walls of your arteries in the form of plaque.
If you jog on a hot, sunny day when the air-pollution level is high, inhaling airborne toxins creates a huge surge of free radicals that are carried along by your high metabolic rate. Combined with free radicals produced by exercise itself, it’s an unrelenting assault.
Over time, such repeated influx of free radicals sets the stage for serious cardiovascular problems.
I don’t want to give you the impression that exercise is bad for you. You need exercise for optimal health and it is one of the best natural ways to lower blood pressure. The risks of not exercising, or of exercising too little, are far greater than the risks of free radical damage. I want you to get both benefits: the healing gains of regular, moderate exercise and protection from free radicals that result from exercising too aggressively or too much.
Protect Yourself from Free Radical Damage
Extensive research indicates that antioxidant supplements neutralize free radicals before they do damage, by preventing the oxidation of fats and stabilizing cell membranes broken down by exercise.
Key antioxidant supplements to take regularly if you exercise include:
- Coenzyme Q10 (30-90 mg softgels daily),
- L-carnitine (500 mg daily),
- Lutein (3-6 mg daily),
- Grape seed extract (30-60 mg daily),
- Vitamin A (200-400 IU), and
- Magnesium (200-400 mg).
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