Antioxidant Compared to What?

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog


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.”

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    'Antioxidant Compared to What?' have 2 comments

    1. January 19, 2016 @ 3:51 pm Atom

      Sun Sync Science is based on constriction and dilation, based on the heart’s systole and diastole.

      You constrict during the Spring of the Body (beginning at Lung Time).

      “The best time to lose weight is during the Spring of the Body,” according to Adano Ley.

      You dilate during the Summer of the Body (beginning at Spleen-Pancreas Time).

      You dilate more during the Autumn of the Body (beginning at Urinary Bladder Time).

      “The best time to gain weight is during the Autumn of the Body,” according to Adano.

      You constrict during the Winter of the Body (beginning at Triple Heater Time).


    2. January 19, 2016 @ 3:56 pm Atom

      According to “Coming—Butter, Tires, and Leather from Crude Oil,” Popular Science, Feb. 1930 …

      “‘Petroleum, in the future, may supply not only the fuel for automobile engines, but also the rubber for their tires, the material for the raincoats of their passengers, and butter substitutes for picnic sandwiches.”

      Yep. Petroleum-derived food has been with us for close to seventy-five years! :(


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