Saturday, April 23, 2011

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals which can cause damage. Antioxidants prevent and repair the damage done by these free radicals by being oxidized themselves.


Common antioxidants:
  • Vitamins A, C & E
  • Glutathione
  • Selenium
  • Flavonoids
  • Lignan

Antioxidants are often used as ingredients in dietary supplements and have been researched for the prevention of diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease and even altitude sickness.  Antioxidants are found in berries, beans, fruits, grain products, and vegetables. This is why you can't only take vitamin pills and forget all the vegetables.


14 comments:

  1. Can't really say much about the real subject, but that pic looks delicious. :p

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  2. Those berries look so good.... I wish all the nice fruit weren't so expensive. They look so fresh <3

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  3. lucky for me I love berries, fruits, grain products, and vegetables.

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  4. that pic looks so yummy I love fruit and vitamines

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  5. that's better than fast food and tastes better, yet we still have millions of fat americans... why?

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  6. I love fruits and vegetables especially berries!

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  7. I love most of this stuff. acai is pretty high in antioxidants.

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  8. I'd always heard selenim was better to avoid...worth checking into, since it's in a lot of stuff.

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  9. Good post, and love fruits. Those strawberries got me hungry :P

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  10. You always hear about acai a lot in smoothies, for it's antioxidants and such.

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  11. great post man, keep em comin

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  12. Well it is common knowledge that antioxidants are good for you and your health, but the health freaks I know that take it regularly are less healthy than I am... Don't know if it makes a dramatic difference or not.

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