Aloe vera has a wide range of benefits, from positive effects on the cardiovascular system to soothing sunburn, it is a multifunctional plant that should be a part of your health regimen. Supports collagen Aloe vera has the unique ability to increase cell production, specifically the production...

holiday glowTis’ the season for social gatherings, family get-togethers, and holiday parties, and for each occasion you want your skin to look its best. However, the holiday season makes this difficult to achieve sometimes. The increase in gatherings means you probably relax your eating habits and consume more sugar and alcohol than normal.

year round fruit A luscious fruit bursting with sweet juice, it's hard to resist the tropical goodness of a ripe mango. But not only do mangoes taste great in smoothies and salsas, they have a long history in Ayurvedaf and other ancient medicinal systems. (After all, they've been around for about 5,000 years ago.)

Part II radicals & antioxidants

Exposure to Free Radicals

Free radicals affect your body on a daily basis. You might wonder exactly when and how you are susceptible to them or how you can avoid them completely, but they are naturally part of your daily routine.

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What are Free Radicals?

A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that has an unpaired electron making it unstable and highly reactive. An atom’s chemical behavior changes depending on the number of electrons in its outermost shell. When the outermost shell is full, it is stable, but if the outermost shell is not full, the atom is unstable.

photo-1458530553242-34a1bdf98213-smallerSkin is your body’s largest organ, which means it is also constantly vulnerable to all environmental changes from extreme cold, wind, rain, and sun. Skin acts as a barrier to your body, protecting you and keeping out germs and harmful substances. Since it is always exposed, it is especially vulnerable to potential sun damage. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can have harmful effects and ultimately lead to skin cancer.

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UV Radiation

You probably spend some time outside every day, whether it’s a long beach session, walking the dog or just your morning commute, any time spent outdoors means exposure to UV radiation. Whether it’s several hours or just a few minutes, if you are outside you are exposed to sunlight and your skin is experiencing the effects of UV radiation.

vitamin aVitamin A plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy body. It is a fat-soluble vitamin and a powerful antioxidant that is extremely beneficial for good vision, healthy bones, and supporting other tissues in the body. It protects your body against infection by strengthening your skin. Since your skin acts as a barrier, the stronger it is, the fewer infections that will compromise your body.