Anti-oxidants and Supplementation

Do you know why you might be aging faster than you should be or eat well, but not feel so great? Well, let’s explain why anti-oxidants play a big role in all of these areas.

Most people know that anti-oxidants are important to your health but they have no idea what an anti-oxidant is or why it is important. An anti-oxidant is a molecule capable of preventing the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent.

When our bodies burn oxygen, they produce oxygen by-products called “free radicals.” These free radicals can damage cells and tissues in our bodies. The damage of cells and tissues in our bodies can lead to the premature aging of cells. If our cells age prematurely then it lowers our immunity against diseases and illnesses. Thus, consuming foods that are high in anti-oxidants will help to get rid of free radicals, thereby preventing premature aging of our cells, increasing our immunity to diseases and illnesses, and improving our health overall.

Here is an illustration showing you how anti-oxidants neutralize free-radicals:

To understand how anti-oxidants work imagine an apple. If you take an apple and cut it into slices, it will turns brown after awhile. But if you squeeze lemon juice on it, it will stay white. This is because Vitamin C and Vitamin E in lemon juice is an anti-oxidant. The lemon juice functions as a protectant against  damaging free radicals. Our bodies work in a similar fashion. This is why we need to consume plenty of fruits and vegetables or take a nutritional supplement that is high in vitamins and anti-oxidants.

LifePak Nano produced by Nu Skin (Pharmanex), is a scientifically balanced anti-aging supplement for adults. It has more than 60 anti-oxidants and therefore offers broad range cell and body protection. When someone buys supplements, they usually do not do any research on the product or do not get tested to see if the product is actually working out for them or being completely absorbed by their cells. With the LifePak Nano supplements, you are able to be medically tested by the biophontic scanner (featured on Dr. Oz: when needed.

Fat-soluble nutrients, like carotenoids and CoQ10, tend to cling together in the digestive tract, making them difficult to absorb. LifePak Nano technology allows individual molecules to be separated using nano encapsulation. This process prevents molecules from clinging together so they are individually dispersed and more available for easy absorption. Coenzyme Q-10, is a carotenoid. Carotenoids are high absorbable red, yellow, or orange highly unsaturated pigments that are found in foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and leafy green vegetables. Many of these substances, such as carotene, are used in the formation of vitamin A in the body.  The nano-technology was found in laboratory tests to increase the bioavailability of Coenzyme Q-10 by 5-10 times. Basically, this means that Co-enzyme Q-10 is absorbed into your body 5 to 10 times faster with the technology found in LifePak Nano.

Essentially, to maximize the chance of your living a long healthy life, you need to consume your daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables.  This will stop free radicals from damaging your body, and help to prevent premature aging, and certain diseases such as heart disease, type II diabetes, and certain types of cancer. If you cannot consume the daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables then it is essential that you take nutritional supplements like LifePak Nano or essential vitamins like Vitamin C.

To find out more information about Lifepak Nano or to get an anti-oxidant scan (featured on Dr.Oz), please feel free to contact

Written by Maxine Sudarma, NuSkin/Pharmanex Executive ( and
Jacqueline Cheung is the Executive Director of Go Jade Solutions (

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One week into my new job and my boss labeled me as the person who “likes to be in-the-know.” Apparently, incessant questions and postulating potential situations I might encounter tipped her off to the fact that I do not like to be kept in the dark.

Whether done out of a genuine desire to be a quality employee, or out of fear of ignorance, I’m not really sure, but I was indeed ready to get the introductory period over and done with. Either way, the name of the game for me was no surprises, no getting caught off my guard (as if I was a policeman rather than offering discounts to customers), no incompetency. I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds herself in this situation, but I found it comical that it would be so obviously pointed out by my boss and even more so that I became somewhat of a soundboard for more non-work related information than I cared to know. But the fact that it was pointed out caused me to pause and think about this label that was slapped onto my forehead like a church name tag.

My limited life experience has taught me that life is not compartmentalized; what happens in one sphere is bound to produce residue in another, whether good or not.  Perhaps this same controlling behavior of mine so clearly demonstrated in the workplace had seeped into other behavioral practices. With some evaluation I found that it indeed had.

You see, despite my phlegmatic and easy-going nature, I have a desire to live with binoculars permanently fastened to the front of my face, allowing me to see far down the road. I want to understand what I’m going through, see my future, know all the right steps to take with school, my future career, my relationships. The rest of my life is just like work: no surprises, no getting caught off guard. This binocular effect would of course enable me to make all the right decisions, make my fears fly away and dispel all my anxieties. Right?

Perhaps wrong. I came across a passage of scripture a while ago that really began to challenge my notions of control and change my perspective on not “being in-the-know.” Proverbs 25:2: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”

Wow. At first it sounds more like a dog chasing a bone on a stick than some sort of inspirational and convicting proverb. And I’m sure many of us would say, “Well I’m no king: this passage is not for me.” But the Bible is hardly one dimensional and I think there is much more to this than we give it credit for. I think it tells of a deeper truth, something that when confronted by, flies in the face of all of our controlling tendencies.

It speaks of mystery.

I won’t pretend to be a scholar on this particular passage, but I think it’s saying: Hey, I’m God. There are things that I know. I know all, I see all. They are deep and I am unsearchable.  And for you, the glory of it all lies in the fact that you don’t know. You get to discover what I know. You get to search and go on adventures.

Adventures. Sometimes these mysteries don’t seem much like adventures. Sometimes they come in the form of hard questions to problems like cancer and unemployment and hurt and pain. But does having the binoculars really ease the pain of these trials? Does anything really help us prepare for the hardships that are innately part of life? Is there anything at all that can ease their passing?

I think there is. There is depth and comfort to be found in mystery – to know that what we feel right now isn’t the end, it isn’t permanent, there is something worth searching out, something worth fighting for. Just as there is inevitably an end to the long road we try so desperately to look down, there is something at the end of mystery.


Revelation is like moving to a strange new city and finding secret walking paths or hole-in- the-wall restaurants that make it feel like home. Or like discovering the sweater you’ve been watching in the display window is finally on sale. Mystery brings revelation. And grasping for it, and looking behind all the nooks and crannies can get us moving, can give us hope and motivation and, in itself, help lift us out of the ruts that our controlling desires often put us in. Secret walking paths and sweaters may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things, but it serves to demonstrate that there is a certain measure of waiting, watching, looking, and patience required. But these are eventually met by something sweet and comforting, maybe even a little exciting. There is joy and peace and rest to be had when the revelation is found.

There is of course something to be said for being prepared and keeping our lives in order, but I think a full and rich life comes from the mystery. And most importantly, from the mystery fashioned by a master Creator who formed the richest treasures we could ever imagine.

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1. Theater-worthy! See it!
2. Definitely rent it.
3. Stream it on Netflix, if you must.
4. Don’t even bother.

I know, I know. This is not a new movie, so I couldn’t recommend seeing it in the theater even if I wanted to. In fact, this film came out in 2009, and frankly, I didn’t particularly care to see it then. I thought Tobey Maguire was endearing enough in the Spider-Man movies, but I couldn’t imagine him believably pulling off a tough Marine. And all I really knew of Natalie Portman as of that time were her roles from the Star Wars movies, which, to be honest, ends up being the brunt of a lot of Star Wars jokes. So, needless to say, Brothers didn’t catch my attention enough to lure me to the theater in 2009.

Boy am I glad Netflix recommended it to me recently, though! It’s pretty intense, but a really good movie, in my opinion. In fact, Tobey Maguire ended up getting a Golden Globe nomination for best actor for this role. Had he won, I think it definitely would have been well-deserved. Here’s the gist:

Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) is a Marine who is married to Grace (Natalie Portman). Sam’s brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) is kind of a screw-up who has a rough past. Sam gets sent on a mission in Afghanistan, where his helicopter gets shot down, leaving everyone – including his wife and family – to believe he is dead. In actuality, he is taken as a prisoner of war, along with one of his men.

As you can imagine (I won’t tell you the details), Sam has to face some very intense situations as a POW. If you are in the military, the family member of a man or woman in the military or police or fire, you know these people can go through some situations that leave deep scars emotionally, and can even mess with their sanity. Thankfully, the movie doesn’t spend a whole lot of time on this part of the story, but Sam is definitely affected.

Of course, Sam’s family has to deal with the grief, thinking he is gone forever. There is a funeral, a lot of grieving, and trying to move on. When Sam turns up alive and comes home, of course it’s a dream come true for the family, but Sam has changed during his time away, and he is suspicious that Grace and Tommy have formed a romance in his absence. In my opinion, this is right around where Tobey Maguire’s performance is award worthy. But I won’t tell you the rest. As intense as the ending is, I think it is really excellent.

Just to warn you, this film is rated R, so if you steer clear of R rated movies, don’t see it. The rating came probably from the sheer amount of “F” words used in it, as well as some obviously intense themes. There’s no sex or nudity in this one, though. Brutality in the POW situations is all implied, but never shown graphically.

Having family members and friends who have courageously served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan, I know a little bit about the affects of war on a human being. I’ve seen it change people (understandably so), and while I’ve never seen it as dramatically impacting as is portrayed in this film, I would imagine Brothers might hit close to home for some of you. I would advise caution for those of you who think that might be the case. Otherwise, I definitely recommend seeing this film at least once.

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The Princess’s [Delusional] Reign

My husband and I have gotten into a few discussions lately about my perspective on the things I deserve in life. Ok. If I’m being honest, we’ve gotten into a few arguments because, let’s face it, none of us like to have our junk displayed in front of us.

I was raised in a household where I was very cherished. I had a wonderful childhood. I had a few serious bumps while growing up, but I never knew what it was like to go without. By the grace of God my parents have been married for almost 30 years. A broken home was something the other kid had, and I felt bad for him like he had a disease.

I just had a birthday (25 . . . waiting for my quarter life crisis any day now), and the point has come and gone when I’ve realized that birthdays are not as big of a deal when you’re not a kid. As a child everyone changes so much from year to year that when you’re an adult it’s just repetition. Birthdays are fun, and I do have a wonderful husband who almost always does something very cute for me. I need to appreciate this more.

As of late, birthdays have been disappointing. I pine for the days of big parties, outings, and people making a bigger deal than just posting, “Happy Birthday!” on my Facebook page. I know this sounds incredibly conceited . . . because it is.

My ultimate point is not about birthdays. It is about how you and I approach special events in our life. I have a whole slew of incredible memories of parties, events, surprises, and love that have been showered on me over the years. From my huge sweet 16 party, to my wedding attended by over 400 people, to sweet surprise birthday shenanigans my would-be husband planned when we were younger, I have been very blessed. These things elude my memory as I anticipate and hope for tangible attention to satisfy me on my birthday, Valentine’s Day, or some other man-made day.

My wedding cake
Princess Kate's wedding cake... I still like mine!

First of all, I am always the one encouraging others to have no expectations when walking into movie theaters so that we can’t help but be entertained (on rare occasions this doesn’t work, as in the cases of Gigli or The Last Airbender). But, why do I go through life with unrealistic expectations placed upon my loved ones to treat me like a princess when I think they should?

Secondly, and more importantly, I am forgetting God’s promises. I too often look for my own satisfaction in what this culture says I should, and look to flawed people to give me my sense of worth and belonging. I am really a princess – a daughter of the King. I grew up in a Christian home, and this sounds so cliche. This phrase has gotten to the point that I don’t know what it really means.

Getting back to the basics and the truth of what the Word says is always convicting and challenging. Even without that, if I’m presented with cold, hard facts I can’t deny.

I live in America, a first world country.

I had a beautiful wedding, leading (more importantly) to a beautiful marriage with a remarkable man.

I have a family who loves me to the ends of the earth.

I am working on my second college degree which makes me one of the more educated people in history.

Last summer, I providentially got to see Princess Kate and Prince William in their motorcade in LA as they drove by (they later expressed how cool it was that they got to see me).

Kate's Ring
My ring

They are people. Princes and Princesses are flawed and human just like us. I’ll keep my life, my love, and my friends. I know they love me whether or not they buy me lavish gifts or throw me expensive parties (I’m saying this to you so you hold me to it).

Crazy Hats

One good thing about not being a real princess is that my wedding guests didn’t wear these hats.

Photo Credits: Kate’s Wedding Cake, Kate’s Ring, Crazy Hats

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Journal Makeover DIY

Ever want to spruce up a journal or give the cover a mini-makeover? Sometimes I get freebies that are in need of a minor makeover to give them new life. I love to journal and especially love Moleskine journals. I was given one with a company logo on it, but since I have no affiliation with the company, I gave it a new cover.

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