Antioxidants and Your Health

Written by Hamoon Arbabi

Get back torepparttar basics - eat fresh at home and neutralize free radical oxidation, which is rusting away your body, by eating a variety of foods high in antioxidants every day. Why? Antioxidants, asrepparttar 147718 name implies, help prevent oxidation, may help increase immune function and possibly decrease risk of infection and cancer. A few ofrepparttar 147719 better known antioxidants include carotenoids--repparttar 147720 substance that gives fruits and vegetables their deep rich colors. Apricots, broccoli, pumpkin, cantaloupes, spinach and sweet potatoes, are some good choices in addition to lycopene in tomatoes. Vitamin C and E are also good antioxidants. What's a Free Radical Anyways? As cells function normally inrepparttar 147721 body, they produce damaged molecules called free radicals. These free radicals steal parts from other molecules such as fat, protein, or DNA, thereby spreadingrepparttar 147722 damage. This damage continues in a chain reaction, and entire cells soon become damaged and die. This process is useful because it helpsrepparttar 147723 body destroy cells that have outlived their usefulness and kills germs and parasites. However, this damage, when left unchecked, also destroys or damages healthy cells.

Protect and Improve Your Health With Antioxidants

Written by Hamoon Arbabi

Every minute of every dayrepparttar cells of our bodies are assaulted by particles called oxygen free radicals, also called oxidants. We canít escape free radicals because our cells produce them during normal metabolism. Additionally, our every day environment contains an abundance of free radicals.

Unfortunately these radicals produce chain reactions that lead to damage ofrepparttar 147717 DNA in our cells. The aging of our cells is partlyrepparttar 147718 result of free radical damage, also called oxidation.

Fortunately there are some simple steps that we can take to minimizerepparttar 147719 damage and to promote and prolongrepparttar 147720 health of our cells.


Free radicals are molecules that have an unpaired electron. They are chemically active and can be thought of as scavengers. They easily bond withrepparttar 147721 molecules of our cells in a process called oxidation.

We are familiar withrepparttar 147722 normal oxidation process of metals such as iron. Iron oxide is called rust, and we know that rust can deterioraterepparttar 147723 quality ofrepparttar 147724 metal. Other metals also can exhibit oxidation which we generally call corrosion. We normally take steps to preventrepparttar 147725 corrosion of metals.

Damage to our cells caused by oxidation is often called inflammation. And we can take steps to protect ourselves from cellular oxidation.


There are numerous chemical compounds that will neutralizerepparttar 147726 effects of oxidation. An antioxidant will bond withrepparttar 147727 free radical, creating a stable molecule, and preventrepparttar 147728 radical from causing oxidation ofrepparttar 147729 cell. This new molecule can then be removed during normal bodily processes.

The best known antioxidants arerepparttar 147730 nutrients, vitamins A, C, E andrepparttar 147731 mineral selenium. Numerous other vitamins, minerals, and enzymes perform important protective antioxidant functions.

Many of these substances, most notablyrepparttar 147732 above mentioned vitamins A, C, E andrepparttar 147733 mineral selenium, cannot be produced by our cells but must be ingested throughrepparttar 147734 foods we eat orrepparttar 147735 supplements we take.

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