Saturday, March 29, 2008

What Are Antioxidants? Benefits of Antioxidants.

What are Antioxidants? Benefits of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals.

Health problems such as heart disease, muscular degeneration, diabetes, cancer etc are all contributed by oxidative damage. Indeed, a recent study conducted by researchers from London found that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of stroke by 25 percent. Antioxidants may also enhance immune defense and therefore lower the risk of cancer and infection.

Most Commonly Known Antioxidants

Vitamin A and Carotenoids
Carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes,
tomatoes, kale, collards, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots (bright-colored fruits and vegetables!)

Vitamin C
Citrus fruits like oranges and lime etc, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes

Vitamin E
Nuts & seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oil and liver oil

Fish & shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken and garlic
Other Common Antioxidants
Some common phytochemicals
Flavonoids / polyphenols
red wine
purple grapes or
Concord grapes
Tomato and tomato products
pink grapefruit
dark green vegetables such as kale, broccoli, kiwi, brussel sprout and spinach
flax seed
Vitamin-like Antioxidants:
Coenzyme Q10 (
Antioxidant enzymes made by the body:
superoxide dismutase (SOD)
glutathione peroxidase

Eating all the food right foods on a regular basis is not easy to do in today's fast-paced
world and many people are not getting the nutrition the body needs to stay healthy.

Taking a complete and body-available supplement is always a good idea to make sure our bodies are getting what they need.

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