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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company (August 24, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871318946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871318947
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,712,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By now you've probably heard that antioxidants are good for you, but a growing number of researchers are beginning to believe that adequate or even more-than-adequate amounts are absolutely vital to our health and well-being. This book by James F. Balch, M.D., author of the bestselling Prescription for Nutritional Healing, describes a wide range of antioxidant substances in food and extracted into supplements that can help prevent or conquer illness and even slow the aging process itself. As Balch points out, when our bodies turn oxygen into energy the reaction creates damaging byproducts known as free radicals, which "eat away" at us almost as rust does metal. Antioxidants help keep free radicals from forming and eliminate those already in the body, putting the brakes on at least some of this long-term damage. But while many people are aware of the antioxidant value of vitamins such as C and E, there are also powerful free-radical-scavenging substances in a wide variety of products-- including fish oils, tree barks, herbs, wine, and tea, as well as colorful fruits and vegetables. Because antioxidants may be more effective in combination, Balch makes a good case for taking concentrated antioxidant supplements as well as eating a diverse diet. A few of the substances he mentions are controversial (and he's careful to provide brief cautions), but it wouldn't be surprising if many of the antioxidants he recommends eventually become mainstream tonics. --Ben Kallen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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James F. Balch, M.D., the coauthor of Prescription for Natural Cures and the first two editions of the landmark Prescription for Nutritional Healing, is one of the bestselling health book authors of all time. He has made numerous appearances on television and radio and lectures regularly around North America.

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By "aluoma2" on June 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a well-read reviewer on this subject, perhaps I am being overcritical. However, I found his testimony throughout the book that the only purpose of antioxidant consumption is to desotry fre radicals to be missing the point of good nutrition. He tries to extrapolate all benficial qualities of antioxidant rich food to their free radical scavenging abilities, which he does not back up with valid scientific sources. He neglects the vast epidemiological studies attributing better health from of consumption of antioxidant-rich foods because of their high fiber, unsaturdated fats, and low cholesterol.
I was also irked by his too-common slip-ups in seemingly basic biochemistry and toxicology. I understand his thesis that free radicals are one of the primary contributors to disease, but he tries to extend this theory to situations in which free radicals pale in comparison to other carcinogens in terms of their disease-promoting potential. For example, ciagrette smoke contains a group of scientifcally-proven very potent carcinogens, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, that he neglects entirely in explaining smoke's toxicity. Of course, he says that cigarette smoke is carcinogenic because of its radical producing chemicals, which he chooses not to name.
In addition, he mistakenly says that alpha lipoic acid is an amino acid that is an integral part of an antioxidant enzyme, when in fact alpha lipoic acid is a lipid (and antioxidant itself). Lastly, I was concerned with his suggestion that people take oral supplements of antioxidant enzymes to render free radicals harmless, as the HCl and proteases of our stomach and small intestine would surely destory any activity of these "enzymes" before they can can catalyze the intended reaction.
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IN A NUTSHELL: WRITTEN IN A DUMBED-DOWN CONDESCENDING MANNER WITHOUT MUCH SUBSTANCE

Since the Author of this book is an M.D. I was rather shocked and disappointed with his style of writing which included making numerous unsubstantiated claims mixed in with very insulting and distracting humor. An earlier reviewer compared the text of this book with "reading the back of a cereal box" and sadly I must agree.

Also, the author has an annoying habit of quoting many other writers in the field, most often Dr. Michael Murray, which tended to reinforce my notion that one should be reading a different book on this very important and worthwhile topic.

There are obvious errors and ommisions within the text, the worst which is the author's constant compulsion for not referencing the results of the numerous studies that have been conducted and which do demonstrate the importance of anti-oxidants in our daily diets. Instead, he simply makes statements without any referencing. Somehow everything within this book is distilled down to anti-oxidants vs. free radicals which is an obvious oversimplification.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't agree more with the focus of Balch's book on Anti-Oxidants! We can no longer expect our food to contain enough of those wonderful supplements necessary for our bodies to sustain/prolong life in these stressful/toxic times. YES we need to eat well - cut out that fast food - to keep our everyday focus on being healthy, but unfortunately that isn't enough. If this book isn't enough to convince you (which I believe it is) access a site, PapaNature, and research further their documentation on anti-oxidants. They offer the same combinations as Balch recommends to his readership.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Dorfman on February 9, 2010
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Have read a lot of books on nutrition and health in recent years( have diabetes and had two blood clots in my right leg) and I found this book to be excellent for a few reasons. One was the way the information is presented- all of the major antioxidants are discussed as well as many of the less well-known. For each there is a brief but informative summary as well as 3-5 pages of detailed information regarding things like exactly what the antioxidant does in the body, its chemistry, cited studies, exactly what dosage is optimal, what other supplements or antioxidants are necessary for it to be absorbed properly and tons of other useful things to consider before taking it. The book is straightforward and to the point, and does not require you to be an expert or scientist to read and understand it. I read the entire book in about three days and highly recommend it if you have any medical condition and are interested in what you can buy and take to improve your condition, or just looking for ways to stay healthy. After reading this book, you will realize that it is impossible for your body to get all it needs from the food you eat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MMJT on April 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading Balch's book. He had a ton of great information on what, how, and why anti-oxidants work in the body. He goes through vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and herbs. I've known a lot from research, but this was a refreshing view and gave me a lot of insight. For example he mentions that vitamin E won't be utilized by the body well unless vitamin C is also present in the body. He also wrote in a way that you don't have to be a doctor to understand and he also wrote in a way that I felt like I was talking with human. I hate when health books read like medical books. I read through some of the negative reviews and I'm not really sure how they came to those conclusion, but each person can have their opinion. I never felt like he was talking down to me in any way.

The only bummer with this book is that it was written in 1999. Some things needed to updated like his section on soy, and his mention of canola oil. If he did a second edition it would be an incredibly insightful book, especially if he hit on systematic enzymes, other rare vitamines and more herbs.

If you happen to grab this book you won't be disappointed it. I'm glad I own it and can now use it as a reference tool.
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