A is for Antioxidants
So antioxidants is a buzz word of the moment right? Especially with the trend in super foods and supplements.
But what actually are antioxidants and what effect do they have on the body?
Antioxidants- What are they?
Simply put, antioxidants are what the body uses to fight oxidants. Oxidants are free radicals that occur naturally in the body and also in the environment. Free radicals, if not dealt with by antioxidants, can cause damage to cellular functioning.
Antioxidants can be found in plant based foods such as fruit, vegetables and yes even coffee and chocolate!
Our body needs antioxidants, the primary ones being Vitamin E (found in nuts, seeds, vegetable and fish oils, whole grains and apricots), Vitamin C (found in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries) and Beta-carotene (found in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe, peaches, and grains).
What effect do they have on the body?
Antioxidants help to ward off damage to our cells by ‘cleaning up’ waste. Antioxidants are released from food through digestion.
It’s why our diet plays a key part in ensuring we have enough antioxidants in our system.
How do I know if I’m getting enough?
This is a tough one. The body needs a balance of antioxidants and free radicals in order to function at its optimum.
There are studies to show that overloading your system with antioxidants can actually do more harm than good.
So as is the key to most things- balance is the key. The likelihood is, if you eat a varied diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, you will be getting enough antioxidants. If you feel the need to take supplements, it’s advised to consult with your doctor beforehand.
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