Antioxidants are natural substances that can prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Antioxidants are protectors and nurturers of body cells, repelling disease and promoting good health. Antioxidants are able to protect our cells from free radicals, harmful oxygen molecules thought to damage cells that result in cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis. At the same time, antioxidants can prevent and slow down aging processes, having immense effect on skin health and appearance.
Antioxidants are our “friends” and free radicals are our “enemies”. Some antioxidants are produced by our body and some are received from healthy foods or supplements. The body’s natural antioxidant production can decline with aging. Free radicals are formed naturally in the body and their production and power can be strengthened by smoking, alcohol, air pollution, infections, stress, excessive sunlight and toxins (radiation, asbestos). Unfortunately the oxygen we need for survival can also be the catalyst for production of free radicals.
The best way to get enough antioxidants is healthy foods – regular diet rich in antioxidants will help keep you healthy. Several foods contain antioxidants including fruits and vegetables. Most known antioxidants are beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. *Resveratrol
Resveratrol-rich foods – grapes, red wine, peanuts, pistachios, blueberries, cranberries, cocoa, dark chocolate and some vegetables. *Vitamin C
Vitamin C-rich foods – dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, papaya, chili peppers and pineapple.
Vitamin C health benefits include:
- Fight free radicals – battle oxidation by acting as a major electron donor;
- Protect vital body elements – proteins, lipids and some other elements;
- Optimal electron flow in body cells;
- Collagen synthesis – important structural component of bones, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments.
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