Primary antioxidants

All antioxidants are not equivalent

The most effective antioxidants are produced endogenously.

primary antioxidants

Primary-antioxidants are essential antioxidant enzymes naturally produced by our body. These internal antioxidant enzymes serve as our body’s most potent defense against free radicals and harmful inflammatory reactions. There are only 3 primary-antioxidants: SOD, Catalase (CAT) and Glutathione Peroxidase (GPx). Thanks to their complementary and synergic mechanism of action against free radicals, SOD, CAT and GPx prevent the development of oxidative stress. Secondary antioxidants are externally provided from dietary sources, such as vitamins (Vitamins C and E), minerals (Se, Cu, Zn, Mn) carotenoids and flavonoids.

“The most valuable antioxidants aren’t the ones you eat but the ones our own body produces.”

primary and secondary antioxidants

Primary antioxidants have high catalytic properties and are involved in the elimination of millions of free radicals. Contrary to primary antioxidants, secondary antioxidants quench only one free radical and are quickly exhausted with no possibility of renewal. In this way, secondary antioxidant reserves can become quickly saturated and oxidative stress uncontrolled.