ANTIOXIDANTS"The amount of antioxidants in your body is directly proportional to how long and well you will live” Richard Cutler, MD, former Director, National Institute of Health
Richard Cutler, MD
What’s all the buzz about Antioxidants?
You hear and read about them, see them advertised on commercials, etc., but do we really know what an Antioxidant is?
Antioxidant is one of the biggest and most misunderstood buzzwords in the world of health and wellness. Let’s learn about the role of an Antioxidant beyond the hype, and some research on health and disease prevention.
We’ve known for years that antioxidants can help prevent heart disease and cancer, reduce blood pressure, and slow the effects of aging. These naturally occurring compounds protect the body from harmful, excess free radicals, sweeping then up before they can cause damage. And the best way to lay an antioxidant-rich foundation that’s inhospitable to toxins and free radicals is through a combination of whole foods and supplementing with good safe antioxidant supplements.
Antioxidants vs. Free Radicals
Combat free radicals to prevent cell and DNA damage. They prevent oxidation and rusting. We get them from colorful fruits and vegetables.
Are toxins that cause cell and DNA damage. They cause oxidation and rusting. They are caused by stress, sun, exposure, smoking, exercise, toxins, and pollution.
“Antioxidants neutralize free radicals before they cause damage”
You should aim to get all your nutrients, including antioxidants from healthy foods, but research states that 90% of the population have poor diets and not getting the nutrition needed. So, getting additional sources of antioxidant supplements may provide added protecting against a growing onslaught of free radical invaders.
Reasons to Eat Antioxidants
Visual Example: slice an apple, turns brown, which is oxidation. Add lemon juice (antioxidant) reverses the oxidation.
Hopefully this helps you understand the importance of Antioxidants – they neutralize the free radicals and protect the cells = lowers our risk of many chronic diseases.
More Reasons to Eat Antioxidants
- Protect your Heart – (oxidized cholesterol)
- Protect your DNA – (carotenoids most potent)
- Control Diabetes Complications –(phytochemicals)
- Defend Against Dementia – brain cells damaged by free radicals – Vitamin C & E good defense.
- Save your Sight – carotenoid, beta carotene & lutein.
- Ageing – vitamins add vitality to ageing chromosomes.
Articles About Antioxidants
and the Health Benefits They Provide.
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