On television, the Internet, and newspapers, it is always said that antioxidants are vital for one’s health and well being. But what are exactly these antioxidants? While they do seem to work wonders on the body, they also come across to most as something mysterious.
What are antioxidants?
Biologically, we can define antioxidants by “biologic compounds protecting the cells from the damage caused by oxygen-free radicals.
In reality, oxygen-free radicals are damaging cells, by altering or killing the healthy cells, a chemical reaction called: oxydation. Free radicals attack the healthy cells and provoke then in the body: many negative biological process like aging and sickness. Antioxidants prevent the destroying action of the free radicals, it is why they are so important and useful for the entire body. Nutrients, some specific vitamins and minerals, are good sources of antioxidant.
Medical antioxidants are important
The medical community considers now antioxidants very important for health. Especially because more research are proving every day that antioxidants play really many active roles in prevention of diverse severe diseases. We can think about cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer, neurological diseases, and more.
What must be the best food to eat to get these antioxidants?
Our food listing can be like this:
*Vitamin E: cherries, broccoli, asparagus, leafy green vegetables, whole wheat products and cereals, olives, avocado, walnuts, peanuts, almonds, seeds (pumpkin or sunflower not salted or roast), liver
*Vitamin C: oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, cantaloupe, kiwi, strawberries, red grapes, prunes, broccoli, sprouts, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes
*Beta-carotene: cantaloupe, melon, mangoes, peach, apricots, papaya, pumpkin, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach, kale, squash, sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetable
*Selenium: garlic, onion, seafood, beef, chicken, pork, brazil nuts, brown rice, bulgur, barley, whole wheat products and cereals
About the author: Danielle Dery is a featured writer of ArticlesGratuits.Com. She is a biologist, linguist, and medical and pharmaceutical writer and translator. Dery is also a university tutor of Physiology and Nutrition. Visit her website “Fibromyalgia Corner” at www.freewebs.com/dania11.