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Antioxidants and Oxidative Stress

In the normal course of metabolism, your body produces small, high-energy particles that have a single electron in their outer shell (such molecules are unstable because electrons prefer to be paired).  These are called free radicals, and they can be very damaging in their search for another electron.  If too many of them are produced, their extremely high energy can also be damaging to normal tissues.  Free radicals disrupt the normal production of DNA, the genetic material, and alter the lipids (fats) in cell membranes.  We are also exposed to free radicals that are found in the environment or generated by exposure to environmental chemicals.  One way to protect yourself from free-radical damage is to take dietary supplements.  Specifically, vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene; the trace minerals selenium and zinc; and accessory food factors, such as bioflavonoids and coenzyme Q10.

The Vitamin Revolution in Health Care

Michael Janson, MD

Dr. Gardner’s comments:  The name given to the process of free radical damage in the body is called oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress is at the root of most degenerative disease and is part of all inflammatory and pain conditions.  Proper diet and antioxidant supplements can help reduce oxidative damage in your cells and body.  A new supplement on the market, ASEA, improves antioxidant efficiency by 5 to 8 times.  You may contact me for further science and explanation of this amazing discovery at  Please put ASEA in the subject line, and our team with get back with you immediately.

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Chlorella and Spirulina

Hi Dr. Stan: I am taking Chlorella and was wondering if adding Spirulina was necessary. Do they have different properties and would one need to take both.

I’m not sure why you are taking Chlorella, but I use it as an herbal detoxifier for toxic metals (as with chelation therapy).

The other herb that is useful for this is Cilantro, and I would recommend using them in combination if you are using them for chelation or toxic metal removal.  Spirulina is a healthy algae with excellent antioxidant properties, but has no chelation properties.

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Macular Degeneration and Nutritional Supplements

B Vitamins May Benefit Eye Health

An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal reports that age-related macular degeneration is the major cause of blindness and poor fine vision in the elderly. Long thought to have no cure or treatment, the use of B6, B12, and folic acid in a group of 5000 Continue reading Macular Degeneration and Nutritional Supplements