What are Antioxidants?

January 6, 2017

Jacqueline Rosenhek

These days we are hearing a lot of different things about antioxidants and “superfoods” and what kind of benefits they can have, but what is an antioxidant really? What makes them so nutritionally superior? An antioxidant is a type of molecule that slows down the oxidization of human molecules caused by free radicals. Free radicals are basically molecules with unpaired electrons and because of this, free radicals are highly reactive to other substances which can make them very damaging towards other molecules. Antioxidants help to counteract the damaging effects of free radicals, however, our bodies tend to have a difficult time producing antioxidants on their own, and they are especially hard to maintain with some of the less than favorable consumption habits we have. There are a wide range of different types of antioxidants that have different benefits, such as helping to prevent cancer, slow down physical signs of aging, boosting the immune system, balancing your moods, maintaining a healthy brain and eyes and reducing heart problems. There are also many different foods in nature that contain antioxidants and a very dense amount of essential vitamins, minerals and overall nutrients. These foods are known as superfoods.  Superfoods are typically found in animal products, greens, seaweed, botanicals, nuts and fruits. Ideally, you should be getting your antioxidants through eating superfoods. Foods such as acai berries, walnuts, tomatoes, apples, eggs, salmon, blueberries, goji berries, avocados and many, many others are amazing examples of antioxidants that can help keep you healthy when they are properly incorporated in your diet.

There are many benefits to being conscious of your diet such as burning energy more efficiently, being in better shape, having a stronger immune system and of course staving off different illnesses. Nowadays, people are starting to become more and more conscious of what they put into their bodies and this is resulting in new health benefits being discovered just by consuming healthy things, thus proving, yet again, that putting some effort into your health will have fantastic end results.



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