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The American Heart Association teaches us that atherosclerosis, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes, is caused by fatty buildups in our arteries. Oxidation of LDL cholesterol is a large factor in buildup of these fatty deposits. According to AHA, vitamin E is best of naturally occurring antioxidants for providing protection against oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Vitamin C is probably most potent general free radical fighter. Its antioxidant properties are used by nearly every cell of body. Vitamin C is a very strong immune system booster.
Here’s an interesting item from Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture. A study investigated effects of various cooking methods on broccoli. It concluded that microwave cooking depleted 97 per cent of broccoli’s flavonoids, a major antioxidant. By contrast, steaming broccoli depleted only 11 per cent of same antioxidants.
How prevalent is microwave cooking in kitchens of our homes? Dr Cristina Garcia-Viguera, co-author of study, concluded that it is best “to cook vegetables in minimum amount of water in order to retain their nutritional benefits.”
What To Do
To improve health of our cells throughout our bodies, to protect our cells from ravages of oxidation, it is essential to include a rich supply of important antioxidants in our daily diet. Two to four servings from fruit group and three to five servings from vegetable group daily are recommended.
If you find it difficult to consume an abundance of antioxidants from recommended food groups, then taking daily supplements should solve problem. Find easily digestible tablet or gel capsules from major companies or substitute good liquid supplements as a convenient and good-tasting alternative. As always, consult a physician before beginning a major new program.
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