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Dr. Warner's Favorite Antioxidants

As an orthopedic surgeon, I have found great value in integrating antioxidants into my practice to improve patients’ overall health and optimize their health and wellness.  These molecules are also able to dramatically reduce stiffness and pain.  Among the numerous antioxidants available, there are several that I particularly love for their unique properties and anti-inflammatory benefits. Here’s why tart cherry extract, turmeric, CoQ10, alpha-lipoic acid, pterostilbene, resveratrol, and mushrooms are my favorite antioxidants.

Tart Cherry Extract

Tart cherries have gained recognition for their potent anti-inflammatory properties. They contain high levels of anthocyanins, which actively inhibit inflammation and help reduce pain. These antioxidants have been clinically proven to alleviate symptoms associated with arthritis and gout, making tart cherry a fantastic natural remedy to relieve joint and muscle pain.


One of the most extensively studied antioxidants, turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, famous for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Curcumin inhibits various molecules involved in the inflammation process and helps promote tissue repair. The use of turmeric or its extracts has shown promising results in managing conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10)

CoQ10 plays a crucial role in energy production within our cells, enabling their optimal functioning. It is a potent antioxidant that helps protect against oxidative stress and supports healthy mitochondrial function. While primarily recognized for its cardiovascular benefits, CoQ10 has also demonstrated potential in maintaining musculoskeletal health by supporting cellular activity and aiding in the recovery process.  CoQ10 is helpful for the body and muscle pain associated with statin prescriptions. 

Alpha-lipoic acid

Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a versatile antioxidant that can function in both water- and fat-soluble environments, making it highly effective in combating various types of oxidative stress. ALA has demonstrated neuroprotective properties while also supporting healthy blood glucose levels and enhancing cellular energy production. By reducing oxidative stress and promoting cell health, ALA may contribute to the prevention and management of musculoskeletal conditions.


Pterostilbene is a potent antioxidant found in blueberries and grapes. It shares structural similarities with resveratrol but possesses greater bioavailability and cellular uptake. Similar to other antioxidants, pterostilbene exhibits anti-inflammatory effects, assists in reducing oxidative stress, and supports cardiovascular health. Although studies on its specific impact on orthopedic conditions are limited, pterostilbene’s overall health-enhancing properties make it a valuable addition to antioxidant regimes.


Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red grapes, berries, and dark chocolate. It has gained attention for its potential to counteract age-related health issues, protect against chronic diseases, and potentially extend lifespan. Resveratrol’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have shown promise in reducing the risk of osteoporosis and promoting healthy bone density.  Resveratrol has also been studied in managing the pain associated with arthritis and proven to be beneficial.


While not a single antioxidant, mushrooms, such as reishi, chaga, and cordyceps, offer a unique combination of vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds that contribute to overall health and well-being. Many mushrooms possess immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial for individuals with autoimmune conditions, including certain orthopedic disorders.

The optimal dosages and formulations are selected by me so each person can achieve their optimal health. Embracing a balanced diet, regular exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle remains paramount for achieving and maintaining overall wellness.

Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation