Why do I need to eat foods that are known to be naturally rich in antioxidants?
What are Antioxidants?
What foods should you eat to fight free radicals naturally?
Scientists have discovered that the body produces unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals. Each cell produces tens of thousands of cells every day. Free radicals are basically atoms with an odd number of electrons in the outer ring. Because electrons are paired rather than shared, free radicals randomly gain electrons from other atoms and convert other atoms into secondary free radicals, causing a chain reaction. Serious biological damage. In short, it’s a bad thing. There are many types of free radicals that we encounter every day, including pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, and herbicides.
Antioxidants are believed to neutralize and stabilize these free radicals.
So what foods contain natural antioxidants?
Vitamin E: A fat-soluble vitamin found in nuts, vegetable oils, fortified cereals, and green leafy vegetables . Foods rich in vitamin E include wheat germ oil, almonds, sunflower seeds, broccoli, sunflower oil, peanuts hazelnuts, kiwi, mango and spinach.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin involved in the metabolism of all cells. Vitamin A and essential fatty acids protect somatic cells from oxidation and prevent tissue damage.
Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin found in citrus fruits, juices, cabbage, bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, kale, guava, watermelon, kiwi, papaya and strawberries.
It is important for the formation of collagen, the protein that gives structure to bones, cartilage, muscles, and blood vessels. Vitamin C also increases iron absorption and helps maintain capillaries, bones and teeth.
Beta-carotene: Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A. It is found in liver, egg yolks, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, pumpkin, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon, peaches and whole grains.
Research is underway on the effectiveness of beta-carotene in heart disease, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, male infertility, and psoriasis.
A growing body of research shows that CoQ10 can help prevent or treat symptoms such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. The main sources of the nutrient CoQ10 are fatty fish offal, liver, spinach, broccoli, peanuts, wheat germ, and whole grains.
Selenium: Selenium is an essential mineral for good health, but in small amounts. Suitable for antibody synthesis. It is useful for the synthesis of coenzyme Q10 and the transport of ions through cell membranes. The best sources of selenium are Brazil nuts, wheat germ, molasses, sunflower seeds, whole wheat bread, and dairy products.
Keep in mind that foods contain many other antioxidants.
The best way to get antioxidants is to eat fresh, naturally grown foods.
Aaron; Sometimes less. Some of these antioxidants are only needed in small doses, so be sure to take more before you overdose!