We like to think of antioxidants as nature’s superheroes, here to protect us from the bad guys known as free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, and free radicals, well, they’ve been known to cause all sorts of damage. Kind of a dramatic set up, but really, that’s the tension that exists between the two warring factions of chemical reactions going on in our bodies. 

To get a bit science-y about it, free radicals are highly reactive chemical substances  created in our bodies when we breathe and digest food. Higher amounts of free radicals are formed when you’re exposed to smoke, pollution or UV light from the sun, and intensify the natural aging process. Antioxidants help to counteract that process, also known as oxidation, through the bloodstream, tissues and organs. Both are chemicals found naturally in your body, and both can increase and decrease depending on your diet and lifestyle.

So how can you get more of the good guys – antioxidants – on your side? A good place to start is always diet – we all know by now what we put in our bodies makes a huge difference in the way we look and feel. A nutritious diet rich in antioxidants will feature lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens. To boost your intake even further, adding 1 – 2 Mab Tabs a day into the beverages you love will supercharge you with free-radical fighting herbal concentrates like Elderberry, Astragalus and Ashwagandha. We love the Immune Mab Tab dropped into a warm buzzy cup of green tea (more antioxidants!) in the morning and as a fancy, pretty wind-down drink in the evening. 

Antioxidants are not only important for protecting our insides, they also keep us looking healthy on the outside, too. Introducing skincare that’s equally infused with power ingredients, like our Face Oil and Body Butter, can help combat the free radical effects of the sun, pollution, and stress. Both products lean hard on plant-based ingredients rich in linoleic and oleic fatty acids, keeping your skin plump with hydration and protected from environmental pollutants. 

In the end, skin care can make a big difference, and so can diet, but making both a consistent part of your life is the true superhero for amplifying healthy results.