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Antioxidants and Health

January 16, 2014 ena Health and SolutionsHome

Nutritionists recommend food rich in antioxidants, because they keep the cells and the tissues from free radicals and protect the body from diseases.

Antioxidants are substances that reduce cells damaging from free radicals.

photo credit: Fidler Jan, morguefile.com

photo credit: Fidler Jan, morguefile.com

Antioxidants fight free radicals

Free radicals is a therm that describes the damaged cells. Damaged cells has a lack of important molecule and they are truing to “steal”  the molecule from the other healthy cells. Free radicals don’t kill healthy cells, they “take” the molecule and “hurt” healthy cells DNK. This is a perfect condition for many diseases.

How antioxidants keep your health?

Scientist says that free radicals are important factor for many diseases like: atherosclerosis, various cancer tips, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic diseases.

They also says that antioxidants reduce cells aging. Antioxidants prevent  free radical action and keep cells healthy. Different antioxidants act in a different ways. Some prevent free radical occurrence, other prevent free radical action.

Body function in normal condition produces free radical in small amounts and they are controlled by antioxidants that are created by our body.

Free radical that are result of polluted air, cigarettes smoke, alcohol etc. are harmful for people health. Modern lifestyle requires antioxidants daily consumption to act against the negative effects of free radicals.

Nutritionists recommend antioxidants intake by various food, not so often through diet supplements.

Sources

Most important antioxidants are:

Vitamin E you can find in: broccoli, carrot, spinach, red peppers, pumpkin, mango, papaya, nuts, sunflower seeds, olives etc.

Vitamin C you can find in: cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes, green vegetable, garlic, orange, aronia berry, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, apple, grapefruit etc.

Beta carotene you can find in: carrots, broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, apricots, mango, nectarines, watermelon, corn etc.

Selenium you can find in: beef, tuna, shiitake mushrooms, wheat, Brazilian walnut, cocoa etc.

Zinc you can find in: red meat, fish, shiitake mushrooms, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, nuts, cocoa etc.

Green tea and black tea are also good antioxidants.

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