ANTIOXIDANTS

Generally speaking, most of us know that antioxidants are good for us (that’s certainly  been drilled in), but do you actually know what antioxidants are, what they do, and where you can find them?

1. How Do Antioxidants Work?

Let’s start by covering the basics and learning how these powerful substances work. If you break down the word antioxidants you get anti (against) oxidants (oxidation), meaning that antioxidants are substances that prevent cell damage.

2. What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants help to prevent and reverse cellular damage. There are two primary types of antioxidants, those created inside our bodies and those obtained outside the body through diet. Vitamin C is the most abundant water-soluble antioxidant in the body while vitamin E is the most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant in the body. Together these substances (along with many others) help to defend against cellular damage caused by oxidation which can lead to serious and long-term health problems.

3.Where Can You Get Them?

While the body produces some of these substances itself, it’s important to obtain the rest of the necessary antioxidants from a healthy diet. Let’s take a look at some of the foods that have the highest antioxidant properties…

BERRIES  –  in  order :   1) goji  berries   2) wild blueberries   3) elderberries  4) cranberries   5) blackberries 

After learning this information, you’ve never had a better reason to get those berries into your morning smoothie!

DARK  CHOCOLATE – Have you ever seen someone binging on chocolate and heard them say “It’s ok, it’s full of antioxidants” ? Well technically this is true, as long as we’re talking about the dark stuff.  Dark chocolate has more antioxidant properties than many fruits and vegetables including blueberries and acai berries. So the next time you feel guilty when you’re craving chocolate, cut yourself some slack. A few pieces of dark chocolate after dinner satisfies the sweet tooth and provides a super shot of antioxidant power.

PECANS – You probably know that nuts have a ton of beneficial heart healthy fats, but you may not be aware that some nuts are also high in antioxidant nutrients as well. They have a higher antioxidant concentration than a lot of fruits and vegetables out there and they are the number one nut for antioxidant levels. They’re also naturally sodium free, contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals and a one-ounce serving of these nuts provides 10 percent of your recommended daily fiber.

ARTICHOKES –  If artichokes are merely an unusual pizza topping or tasty dip ingredient in your world, you’re missing out on one heck of an antioxidant-packed superfood.

BEANS – This may come as a bit of a surprise, but there are several varieties of beans that are super rich in antioxidants. Specifically, small red beans, kidney beans, and pintos all rank highly.

HERBS  &  SPICES  – Herbs and spices have been praised for centuries and are even used as medicinal compounds in many cultures, and with good reason. Now you can add antioxidants to the growing list of the many benefits of dried herbs and spices. Some have a higher concentration of antioxidant compounds than others however, like ground cloves. Next highest is dried oregano , followed by dried rosemary. Herbs and spices have some of the highest antioxidant properties of all.

Can we have too many antioxidants?

Like  anything  in  life,  we  have  to  strike  a  balance.  Never  go  overboard.  Even too  much  exercise  is  not  good  for  us. There always has to be a balance.  The  same  applies  to  antioxidant  foods.

Age-related  benefits  –  You’ve likely heard the term antioxidant used in conjunction with beauty products—particularly when it comes to age-fighting moisturizers and creams. Vitamin E, beta carotene, Vitamin E, and selenium are all powerful antioxidants used often in age-fighting face creams, help regenerate new, plump skin cells while preventing and repairing age-related damage to skin (i.e., fine lines and crow’s feet).

Eating food rich in antioxidants, like nuts, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and green tea, adds to your body-producing antioxidant stores and adds a line of further protection against age-related conditions—such as cataracts, macular degeneration, brain-related illnesses like dementia, heart disease, and cancer.

Well ,  I   hope   you   have  learnt   a   little   from   this  post ?  I  certainly  did  whilst  I   was  doing  the  research.

Be  healthy   everyone !

ROY

 

 

2 thoughts on “ANTIOXIDANTS

  1. I love the fact that you highlighted we have to strike a balance when it comes to antitoxins and never go overboard. But what I was most impressed with is the fact that you stated that eating food rich in antioxidants, like nuts, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and green tea, adds a line of further protection against age-related condition such as brain-related illnesses like dementia, heart disease, and cancer. This is very useful information.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Enjoyed reading your thoughts on the article, Aisha. Am pleased that you found it informative and useful.

      Keep well  ,  keep  learning ,  and keep executing !

      Sincerely,

      Roy

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