Get back to the basics - eat fresh at home and neutralize free
radical oxidation, which is rusting away your body, by eating
a variety of foods high in antioxidants every day.
Why? Antioxidants, as the name implies, help prevent
oxidation, may help increase immune function and possibly
decrease risk of infection and cancer.
A few of the better known antioxidants include carotenoids--
the substance that gives fruits and vegetables their deep rich
colors. Apricots, broccoli, pumpkin, cantaloupes, spinach and
sweet potatoes, are some good choices in addition to lycopene
in tomatoes. Vitamin C and E are also good antioxidants.
What's a Free Radical Anyways?
As cells function normally in the body, they produce damaged
molecules called free radicals. These free radicals steal
parts from other molecules such as fat, protein, or DNA,
thereby spreading the damage.
This damage continues in a chain reaction, and entire cells
soon become damaged and die. This process is useful because
it helps the body destroy cells that have outlived their
usefulness and kills germs and parasites. However, this
damage, when left unchecked, also destroys or damages
Antioxidants help prevent widespread cellular destruction by
willingly donating their parts to stabilize free radicals.
More importantly, antioxidants return to the surface of the
cell to stabilize rather than damage other cellular
When there are not enough antioxidants to hold cell
destruction in check, free radicals begin damaging healthy
cells which, in turn, can lead to problems. For example, free
radical damage to immune cells can lead to an increased risk
Your body needs to be able to repair this damage that occurs
and protect itself from the free radicals before they impact
your overall health. This is where antioxidants come to the
rescue, because they significantly delay, inhibit, or prevent
Your first line of defence is a natural diet full of a variety
of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. For all those times
when your diet isn't perfect, make sure you have a safety net
in place. Think of antioxidants as Rustoleum for your insides!
and be sure to have a supplement in your medicine cabinet.
Best of health to you!...
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