Antioxidants are nutrients found in the body and in certain foods, that help to stop or slow the process of oxidative damage. The body uses oxygen to function and because of this, free radicals are produced. Free radicals bounce around causing all kinds of damage to our cells. This is a natural process, but antioxidants clear up the free radicals and help reduce the potential damage to your cells.
Finding antioxidants in foods:
Most natural foods have antioxidants, but the amount of antioxidants in these foods depend on:
- The type of antioxidants the food contains
- The strength of the antioxidants found in those foods
- How the food is grown or produced
- The serving size/s of the foods
Eat the rainbow! Health organizations across the globe, advocate eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in different colors … daily. This is believed to provide the required essential nutrients the body needs on a daily basis.
Examples of foods rich in antioxidants are; blueberries, strawberries, plums, broccoli, kale, bell peppers, beets or cherries. This is by no means the entire list, but should give you an example when searching for colour rich foods.
Benefits of Antioxidants Rich Foods:
- Boosts the immune system.
- Antioxidants are good for skin
- Prevent the risk of heart disease.
- Antioxidants are great stress prevention.
- Anti-aging effects
It’s important to eat a variety of natural foods to get different types and amounts of antioxidants. In today’s diets or daily routines, it is virtually impossible to get the optimal amount of antioxidants through food alone. Luckily, this is were supplements come in. NOW Foods Canada have a great range of supplements.
What to look for when choosing an antioxidant supplement: (ACES)
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Copper, zinc, manganese and iron, which aid the enzymatic antioxidants.
Always remember that overloading on antioxidants, especially from supplements, can have negative effects on your health. It can be easy to overdo it when taking antioxidants supplements, so always remember the ‘Goldilocks equation’: not too many, but not too few.
Who Should Consider Antioxidant Supplements:
Some of the population who should consider supplementing their diet with antioxidants are:
- 55+ years old
- cancer patients
Lifestyle Changes you can make to Maximize Your Antioxidant Intake:
A diet rich in antioxidants wont work to your advantage if you do not combine it with a healthy lifestyle. Unhealthy lifestyle habits can promote free radical formation. If you don't succeed at putting a stop to these bad habits, the levels of free radicals in your body can rise to dangerous levels, putting you at risk of inflammation and paving the way for disease and illness.
- Try to reduce or eliminate sugar
- Manage stress levels
- Get enough sleep
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