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Health conscious shoppers are very aware of the terms “free radicals” and “antioxidants.” They shop for the latter in an effort to fight the former, either by purchasing foods that fight illness or choosing supplements. Antioxidants are enzymes which break down free radicals. Scientific experts put it this way.
The Heavy Cost of Free Radicals
The human body is assaulted by free radicals all the time, but with a healthy diet and a strong immune system they are brought under sufficient control so that the body can continue to function. When left unchecked or if a problem is serious, those free radicals become diseases like cancer.
Sometimes taking enough vitamins is insufficient to stop the onslaught of these cells. But in the normal course of things healthy living (a balanced diet and regular activity) keeps the progress of “bad cells” in check.
The growth of free radicals, ironically, is initiated by oxygen, a substance required for life. Although required for humans to live, oxidization can be dangerous too.
Enzymes: the Enemy of Radicals
It does not pay to be radical, not with enzymes around. They are like your body’s military force, striking at the fusion of oxygen and various other substances which form guerilla forces which could bring a body down.
That is: they work as a force if there are sufficient numbers. One of the compounds they fight is hydrogen peroxide. When catalase gets to work, however, it breaks this compound down into its harmless, isolated parts: water and oxygen. Catalase is an enzyme.
Enzymes at Work
Most people have come across enzymes at some time. There are enzymes infused into bloodstream for individuals with blood storage disorders like the rare Gaucher’s Disease Type 1. Cerazyme (an enzyme used to treat GD Type 1) rids blood cells of lipids because the naturally occurring enzyme is inactive or not present in that individual.
At the other end of the scale, cleaning enzymes eat up stains in carpets and upholstery so they are broken down enough to be mopped or vacuumed up. You can buy them in bottles at your regular grocery store without a prescription.
Catalase is a naturally occurring enzyme which binds with naturally occurring minerals to defeat free radicals and promote immunity. Sufficient amounts of these enzymes could potentially slow the aging process as well. In fact, the particular free radicals catalase is said to break down are associated with the aging process.
When to Take Supplements
There is considerable controversy over the use of catalase supplements. There are many in the medical and scientific communities who are not sold on the efficacy of these products and who believe that, for now, active ingredients are digested before they reach the bloodstream.
In other words, in their view they would have to be distributed intravenously for the process to work. One can easily imagine thousands of people who would pay money to undergo IV treatment to stop going gray or experiencing other age-related events.
The FDA, however, has not so far approved any supplements or procedures for use by the general public. If you want to, it is still possible to find products said to fight gray hair in this way. There have been a number of companies who believe that their products do help fight gray hair, but independent studies need to be conducted and submitted before the FDA would ever allow them to make claims like this. Although we cannot predict the future, it is likely that we will be seeing more research on this, especially since it is a topic of interest to many consumers!
We do have one company we found called Catalase Now who’s offering promotions on their products if you want to check out a Catalase enzyme supplement for yourself. They are saying that their product is helpful in having thicker or fuller hair from inside – in other words, that the supplement would help hair look better as new growth occurs. They emphasize that this is not an overnight result, but that one might see results after about 12 weeks of use – so, about 3 months. Check out the latest Catalase Now promotions here.
So far there is no evidence of dangerous side effects caused by taking this substance orally either. As is the case with any supplement, you need to check it out for yourself, understanding that there are no claims that a company can make at this time.
Consume Antioxidants in Other Ways
Catalase is an antioxidant, but there are many other supplements one can take to promote good health and fight bad cells as well. Many foods are also considered to have antioxidant properties. Several types of tea (green and white, for instance) have shown promise while blueberries, raspberries, and all berries generally contain significant amounts of these enzymes.
Eating a diet sufficiently full of antioxidants is not guaranteed to prevent cancer but could help to fend off many other diseases and help to defend the body against the growth of cancerous and other malignant cells. Even if they are not quantifiably beneficial with regard to certain health struggles, they certainly do no harm.
A body should also receive enough manganese, zinc, and other minerals which bind with catalase and other enzymes. Taking a vitamin supplement is a good idea for most people since the average diet contains too few of the active ingredients required for good health, and modern farming practices deplete the soil of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.
Modern, urban life is also hard on a body overall and many dangerous substances are found in water, air, and oil regardless of what a person does for a living or how healthy his lifestyle happens to be.