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Antioxidants

 

What are antioxidants?

In the human body certain particles undergo a process known as oxidation. It is a process that occurs naturally in the body but some oxidation reactions, however, can be harmful and produce extremely reactive particles. These particles are referred to as free radicals. Free radicals can react with healthy cells and cause extensive cell damage. These reactions when too numerous create an oxidative stress. Some experts have shown that free radicals are linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, immune dysfunction, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Free radicals also promote certain signs of aging. This is because free radicals can break down various types of cells that will inhibit the appearance of youth.  

Antioxidants are molecules that slow or prevent the negative oxidation process of other molecules by binding to free radicals. This helps to prevent the negative oxidation process caused by the free radicals.

How do antioxidants work?

Antioxidants play a key role in maintaining a strong immune system by slowing or preventing bad oxidation reactions. Antioxidants are used in dietary supplements in the hope of reducing the risk of some diseases such as coronary disease, cancer, and some neurological diseases.

What are some popular antioxidants?

Antioxidants are usually Vitamins or other minerals that are able to disarm the free radicals in your body. Here is a list of the most common antioxidants:

Vitamin A,

found mainly in liver, dairy products, and fish (to name a few) is a good antioxidant. Taking vitamin A supplements will help to fight damage by free radicals.

Vitamin C 

Important sources include citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, raw cabbage and potatoes. Vitamin C is also a popular antioxidant and the most common type of dietary supplement.

Vitamin E

Important sources include wheat germ, nuts, seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oil and fish-liver oil. Vitamin E supplements can be taken in pill, tablet, and even liquid form. 

Beta-carotene

Carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kale, collards, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots are particularly rich sources of beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene supplements are readily available.

Selenium

Good food sources include fish, shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken and garlic. Vegetables can also be a good source if grown in selenium-rich soils. Selenium supplements are readily available.

How can you make sure that you are getting sufficient antioxidants?

One way to intake sufficient amounts of antioxidants is to have a diet loaded with antioxidant rich foods. Some of these foods are listed above, and should be a part of your diet. If you find that some of the above foods are lacking from your regular diet, then it may be a good idea to make sure that your body is not lacking necessary antioxidants. Antioxidant supplements are available to you if this your diet is not providing the necessary levels of "free-radical-fighters".  
 

 
 

 


 

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