Understanding Antioxidants

Understanding Antioxidants

Author -  Lynley Baker

What are Antioxidants?

"Antioxidants” are a general term for different types of compounds found in foods and also produced by our bodies that help protect our cells from damage.

5 Antioxidant rich foods
• Berries (blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, cranberries, raspberries)
• Dark chocolate
• Kidney beans
• Artichokes
• Pecans

Most of us are probably familiar with the word “antioxidants”.  We know that they’re good for us but what exactly are they and why are they so important?

In a nutshell, “antioxidants” are a general term for different types of compounds found in foods and also produced by our bodies that help protect our cells from damage. This damage is caused by unstable molecules called free radicals, which can be harmful in excess and lead to a decline in our health.

Our bodies produce free radicals everyday as a result of our normal metabolic processes.   The natural antioxidants that our bodies produce, as well as those we consume from healthy foods, interact with free radicals to help neutralise them.  When our bodies are exposed to too many free radicals as a result of eating processed foods, smoking, air pollution, pesticides and even excessive sun exposure – our body can struggle to neutralise them.  Over time - the inability of our body to be able to effectively deal with free radicals can then lead to health issues.

Eating foods rich in antioxidants is one of the best things we can do to help our body protect against oxidation and is a worthwhile strategy for general long term health and wellness.


5 Antioxidant rich foods

·         Berries (blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, cranberries, raspberries)

·         Dark chocolate

·         Kidney beans

·         Artichokes

·         Pecans

In fact many healthy foods are rich in antioxidants.  There’s a surprisingly simple way to figure out how antioxidant-rich your diet is: The more colourful your plate, the better off you are. 

Another healthy yet convenient way to incorporate antioxidants into your everyday life is to drink Green Tea.  Green tea is naturally rich in antioxidants and is also refreshing and energising and a great alternative regular tea and coffee.  Healtheries have an extensive range of green teas to choose from.  Whether you prefer Green Tea on its own or if you prefer to mix it up a bit with one of our delicious Green Tea blends (jasmine, rose, lemon, peach, strawberry, mandarin, blueberry or raspberry), there is something to suit everyone.

If you already have a healthy diet but want extra antioxidant support - then supplementing with Vitamin C and also CoQ10 are the way to go!  Both of these ingredients provide powerful antioxidant protection and support the immune system too. 

 

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20096093


 

 
 
 
 
 

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