Antioxidants, as its name indicates, prevents the oxidation of our molecules which forms free radicals. These free radicals are highly reactive and when combined with substances (e.g. DNA, protein, LDL), can damage our cells and harm our body.
By consuming and keeping a proper ratio of antioxidants in our system, we stabilise these free radicals and prevent these reactions from happening in order to stay healthy.
The creation of free radicals through oxidative stress if produced through factors such as:
In summary, anything unhealthy will lead to your cells not working properly which could lead to oxidative stress!
The over oxidation of substances is thought to be involved in the development of:
These complications occur because the free radicals are oxidise with elements such as DNA (causing cancer), proteins (causing cataracts) and LDL (causing atherosclerosis). Consequently, to prevent this from happening, we provide antioxidants to stabilise these compounds before they bond to the above.
Source (not exclusive)
Vegetable oils, nuts & seeds
Fruits & vegetables
Carotenoid (precursor to Vit A)
Fruits, vegetables and eggs
Seafood, cereal grains & yeast
Indirect antioxidants (cofactors to antioxidative enzymes)
Beef liver, cacao, legumes, dried apricots
Red meats, seafood, dark leafy vegetables, peas & beans
Nuts, leafy vegetables, whole grains, teas
Nuts, seeds, meats, legumes, seafood, whole grains
I will not expand on the levels of antioxidants found in herbs and spices. But since they are packed with antioxidants and taste amazing, it is important to cook different cuisines in order to exploit these properties. You can also buy these herb's essential oils to include in your diet!
We have all heard of the 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day as promoted by various health authorities (there is a reason for that!). Furthermore, we are also expected to consume 6-11 portions of grains (at least half of which are whole grain).
It is not recommended to take synthetic nutritional supplements to consume these antioxidants, but should rather all come from natural sources.
My personal recommendation: I up the fruits & vegetables intake to 7-10 portions while trying to maintain the 6-11 portions of grains.
Just like anything in life, always seek a balance and do not over indulge! Simply eat a varied and balanced diet (check out my basic rules to healthy eating blog post) and share it with your “healthy looking friends” to compare your habits!
One particular example is high consumption of beta-carotene have shown to increase risk of lung cancer in smokers. This will not be a problem should you live a healthy smoke free life!
Some reactive oxygen species is beneficial for the body as they are used by our immune system to attack pathogens and prevent aging.
This is why it is very important to not start eating goji berries by the bucket full, but to balance the intake to let the body do its work!
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Thank you very much for all your support!