Antioxidant Compared to What?
There’s no such thing as an antioxidant.
“Antioxidant” is an adjective, not a noun.
An “antioxidant” often acts as an antioxidant in one reaction and as a pro-oxidant in another reaction.
That’s why bromelain in a pineapple is often listed as an “antioxidant,” but it acts so in only one reaction and acts as a pro-oxidant in many other reactions.
Think of a 180-pound bully as an antioxidant, and a 120-pound weakling as a pro-oxidant (free radical).
But when a 230-pound bigger bully meets the 180-pound bully, the 230-pound guy is the antioxidant and the 180-pound one is the pro-oxidant.
And when the 120-pound weakling meets a 100-pound weakling, the 120-pound guy is the antioxidant and the 100-pound one is the pro-oxidant.
Also, an excess of an antioxidant can act as a pro-oxidant (free radical).
Vitamin C comes in two forms — ascorbic acid and dehydroascorbic acid.
Ascorbic acid is a pro-oxidant while dehydroascorbic acid is an antioxidant.
Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw (in their 1982 book Life Extension) pigeonholed dehydroascorbic acid as undesirable, yet it can save a person’s life during a heart attack.
A lot of the vitamin C in food is in the dehydroascorbic acid free radical form.
Let’s take the Oriental concept of Yin and Yang.
Yin and Yang are relative to each other.
The 230-pound bully is Yang compared to the 180-pound bully, who is Yin, but the 180-pound bully is Yang compared to the 120-pound weakling.
Fortunately, WHEN we’re IN TIME and ON TIME, our bodies are smart enough to use any chemical in either its Yin or Yang capacity.
I asked Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty), “Which is most important? To be ‘in time’ or ‘on time’?”
“In time,” he replied, “Because if you’re on time, the other fellow may be late.”