- Bad stuff can harm the body. An example is something called oxidative stress. Good stuff can snuff out oxidative stress. Examples of good stuff are essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Oxygen can turn into a free form called “free radicals” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614697/ ). The free radicals are oxidative stress markers and play a dual role as they can be either harmful or helpful to the body. Oxygen free radicals are produced either from inside the body (normal cell metabolism) or from external sources (pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, medication). When an overload of free radicals cannot gradually be destroyed, their accumulation in the body generates a phenomenon called oxidative stress or oxidative damage. This process plays a major part in the development of chronic and degenerative illness such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, aging, cataract, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
The human body counteracts oxidative damage with antioxidants, which are either naturally made by the body or supplied through foods. The most powerful antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E, and the minerals zinc and selenium (http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-whole-foods-generally-a-better-source-of-vitamins-than-supplements/ ). In addition, other substances found in foods support antioxidant activity including: beta-carotene, and omega-3 fats.
The Everything Shake contains all essential nutrients including antioxidants, which directly attack free radicals and control oxidative damage. These include common nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, the mineral zinc and selenium, and food-based beneficial compounds like beta-carotene and omega-3 fats.