The Feel Good Benefits of Antioxidants
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Antioxi-whats?
You may have heard the term antioxidants in conjunction with good health. But how do they really work inside the body and what are some of the best sources to incorporate into your diet?

These naturally occurring, powerful substances are mostly found in super fruits and various vegetables. They support your health and well being by combating the cell damage that occurs through the process of oxidation.

Oxidation is the interaction between oxygen molecules and the different substances they interact with. Just like rust on a car or a piece of fruit that’s turning rotten… this process can have a similar effect on the inside of the body. This is due to the production of potentially dangerous molecules called free radicals.

Free radicals occur naturally within the body and play a positive role in many normal cellular processes. However, when highly concentrated levels occur, this can become dangerous. If left unchallenged, free radicals can cause extensive damage to all parts of cells, including DNA, proteins and cell membranes, potentially leading to a range of chronic illness and disease.

These are some of the everyday factors which can contribute to a higher than normal amount of free radicals within the body:
  • Excessive exposure to UV rays
  • Pollution
  • Smoke
  • Eating an unhealthy diet
  • Excessive exercise
  • Certain medications and/or treatments

Because free radicals contain at least one unpaired electron in their outermost shell, they combine with healthy cell membranes or DNA to steal their missing electron in an effort to complete themselves. This process sets off a chain reaction that can weaken the body’s immune system and damage healthy cells.

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Free radicals can contribute to the degeneration of memory, learning capacity and coordination that occurs as the body ages. Free radicals are also thought to play a role in the development of numerous diseases, such as:
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Inflammatory diseases (i.e., arthritis and lupus)
  • Neurological disorders (i.e., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and muscular dystrophy)

Antioxidants are like molecular-sized “free radical scavengers.” You can think of them as the “bottom feeders,” cleaning out the gunk and grime in the fish-tank of your body.

Even though the body produces its own set of antioxidants as a means of defense against free radicals, their effectiveness decreases with age and it’s still generally not enough to neutralize the additional free radicals that continually arise from external sources. This is why maintaining a diet of antioxidant-rich foods and beverages is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle.

Medical experts and nutritionists warn about over consumption of man-made antioxidant supplements as they can interact adversely with some medicines and in some cases, be harmful. For this reason, it’s advised to lean toward consuming antioxidants that are found naturally in super fruits and vegetables.

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