Antioxidants are obtained from Food.
Free Radicals are an important part of your bodi’s natural biological processes.
They serve to help your body cells talk to each other and play a part in cell division and are part of your body’s defensive mechanisms from infections.
However, Free Radicals can become a problem if your detoxification pathways are not working properly, to eliminate and carry them out of your body.
If your liver isn’t working optimally your detoxification systems aren’t able to deal with the excess free radicals causing damage to cells (the start of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure).
Three main well-known antioxidants are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A.
Reduce your risk of developing disease by making sure you get enough antioxidants regularly from having a wide variety of different foods.
Health Benefits of Antioxidants
- Have anti-inflammatory effects
- Can help your physical and mental health
- Supports healthy aging and prevents premature aging
- Reduces oxidative stress
- Can help prevent serious illness
- Can improve eye health and heart health.
Antioxidants such as Flavonoids are the largest group and includes flavones, flavonoid, polyphenols, phytoestrogens, and many more. Another group, Glucosinolates are mainly found in cruciferous veggies such as Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Bok Choy, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and Mustard.
The best thing you can do to ensure you are receiving plenty of antioxidants is to be sure to choose a lovely variety of different foods and veggies every week.
The main antioxidants can be identified by their vibrant colour!
- Carrots, Mango, Beetroot, Pumpkin, Apricots contain Beta-carotene
- Lycopene is found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, and watermelon and other red fruits and veggies.
- Dairy, eggs and liver contain Vitamin A.
- Selenium can be found in Brazil Nuts, Brown Rice, Beef, Barley, fish and poultry.
- Vitamin E is part of avocado, leafy greens, spinach and nuts and seeds.
- Let’s not forget Vitamin C from capsicum, lemons, Kiwi Fruits, Spinach and Brussel Sprouts, citrus fruits.
Having plenty of antioxidants in your diet will improve your immune system, combat excess free radicals and help prevent disease states.