Deciding how to find an antioxidant is much like finding any other vitamin but the type of antioxidant you will want and the dosage will likely vary according to:
- The condition you are treating
- Your individual preferences
- Your ability to tolerate the antioxidant itself
Antioxidants are helpful for skin, lungs, heart, digestion, liver and eye health. It is possible to take too much Vitamin C and E, but Alpha Lipoic Acid and the C Ester form of Vitamin C can generally be taken in larger doses even with many medical conditions. When determining what kind of antioxidant you need, evaluate your overall intended goal, since antioxidants are used for muscle health, stress, in tandem with cancer treatment, eye health, skin, liver and heart health. The amount of antioxidant appropriate for you will vary depending on your goal and how much toxicity you need to remove from your system.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is considered the wonder antioxidant, even showing the ability to improve the liver that has seen too much alcohol. The medicinal needs for antioxidants, such as in cancer or medical detox situations, are different and often in higher doses than the antioxidants used to improve muscle function, improve skin and help regulate weight. Safe antioxidants to take in larger dosages include Vitamin C, grapeseed oil, Alpha Lipoic Acid and green tea. These can be taken in larger quantities without fear of overdosing, such as can happen with the antioxidant Vitamin E.
It is important to assess your diet to see if you get enough fruits and vegetables or if you need to add more antioxidants. For most healthy people, the Vitamin C in a multivitamin plus an Alpha Lipoic Acid might be enough, but if you are trying to detox, such as while you are dieting or recovering from being sick or from too much alcohol consumption, you might need to add in more antioxidants. A person who is focusing on colon and intestinal health will want to focus on the antioxidant green tea, as it helps to build healthy cells. A cancer patient will want to focus on green tea and Alpha Lipoic Acid, since these both help purge unhealthy cells and build new stronger cells.
Determine price range. Renowned dermatologists Doctors Perricone, Murad and Brandt have touted the use of specific vitamins for aesthetic skin care and all sell expensive vitamin packets containing these specific vitamins and supplements. While these are all quality reputable vitamins, the same vitamins can be found at health food stores such as Vitamin Shoppe and GNC for a fraction of the cost if you know what to look for. This is especially true of antioxidants.
While regular Vitamin C is readily available at any market at a reasonable price, there is a limit to how much can be taken without side effects due to the acidity, so this limits your use of Vitamin C in its traditional form. But Vitamin C comes in several variants: Some of them are easier to tolerate than others, and can become a more cost-effective antioxidant when it can be tolerated in higher quantities. There is a sizable price range amongst the Vitamin C variants, so you need to shop carefully. For example, the antioxidant Vitamin C that is recommended by Dr. Nicholas Perricone is a form of Vitamin C that is called C Ester. C Ester is fat soluble Ascorbyl Palmitate, meaning it is absorbed faster and is tolerated better by your system in larger quantities, even if you have a sensitive stomach or health conditions like gout. C Ester is mostly just available at Vitamin stores or via celebrity doctor brands of vitamin regimen packs. It is more expensive and more difficult to find than regular Vitamin C, but you can take it in larger quantities with no side effects so it is a more beneficial form of Vitamin C than the standard Vitamin C you can get at the market.
Since Vitamin C is such as great antioxidant and is key to rebuilding the collagen that makes your skin stay youthful, many people would like to take as much as they can tolerate. But since it is so effective and few people know what it is, some of the celebrity doctor's skin care lines sell the C Ester kind of Vitamin C as a very expensive exclusive supplement. For example, Dr. Perricone sells the C Ester form of Vitamin C at Sephora and other high-end beauty retailers for $30 per sixty 250 mg capsules. You can get C Ester much cheaper. The technical name for the C Ester form of Vitamin C is Ascorbyl Palmitate (fat soluble Vitamin C Ester). Vitamin Shoppe sells C Ester Ascorbyl Palmitate (fat Soluble Vitamin C Ester) for $6.38 per forty-five 500 mg capsules. So make sure when you shop for the C Ester form of Vitamin C that you do not get confused and buy Ester C, which is just regular Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a staple in any antioxidant vitamin program, so consider stocking up at vitamin sales, such as Puritan's Pride twice a year sale and GNC's discount Tuesdays.