Antioxidant is a health buzzword that we often hear — attached to foods, supplements, and even face creams. But what does it actually mean?

Free Radicals vs Antioxidants

Free radicals are unstable molecules in our body that react with other cells. In high numbers, free radicals can damage healthy cells. Oxidation is the process that creates free radicals. So anything that prevents or counteracts oxidation is called an ANTI-oxidant.

The body produces its own antioxidants naturally, but they are normally not enough to regulate the free radicals present. The reason for the imbalance is that we’re constantly exposed to oxidising elements in our environment and diet. Common oxidants are:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Alcohol
  • Radiation from electronic devices
  • UV light
  • Pesticides
  • Chemicals in household products – air-fresheners, etc
  • Vehicle emissions
  • Industrial pollutants
  • Deep fried food, charred/burnt food
  • Chemicals in modern food processing
  • Preservatives in food and personal care products

Unfortunately, this toxic cocktail is what we’re faced with as a part of modern life. Increasing our antioxidants strengthens the body’s defence, and helps minimise the damage. That’s why we made sure to include a powerful antioxidant boost in our ​Racing Greens formula​.

Spirulina Antioxidant Benefits for Cyclists

While cycling and other endurance training provides impressive health benefits, there is a side-effect many are unaware of. Intense exercise is one of the things that triggers the production of free radicals. This is known as ​exercise-induced oxidative stress, which makes antioxidant supplements even more important to support an active lifestyle.

Spirulina has been found to be particularly effective in promoting antioxidant activity post-exercise. That’s why it’s an essential part of our Racing Greens antioxidant blend.

A Powerful Natural Antioxidant Drink

One daily serving of Racing Greens drink contains the antioxidants you need to defend against cellular damage. It’s made with a blend of extracts from high-antioxidant fruits like blueberries, elderberries, and cranberries, plus the superfood acerola (Barbados Cherry). The vitamin C and flavonoids in these fruits are potent natural antioxidants. We also include antioxidant-rich green tea extract and spirulina, which offers special antioxidant support for cyclists and other endurance athletes. A scoop of Racing Greens is your best defence.