Inviting Antioxidants to Dinner

Written by Hamoon Arbabi

This article was originally published inrepparttar November 2004 issue of Zone Net Supplementing your diet with extra antioxidants is crucial to our bodies and our immune systems during times when we are more likely to come into contact with cold or flu viruses in packed shopping malls or other public places . Just what exactly are antioxidants? Well, antioxidants are essentially natural compounds that protect our bodies from free radical damage to our cells. This destructive process is called oxidation. Just like many metals oxidize and then rust, our own bodies tend to dorepparttar 147719 same over time. The oxidation then results in specific chemical changes that impairrepparttar 147720 healthy process that should be happening. It should be considered that free radicals are produced withinrepparttar 147721 body every single day fromrepparttar 147722 different chemical reactions which happen in each individual part of our bodies. You should understand that free radicals are produced outside ofrepparttar 147723 body as well, reaching us through sun-rays, toxic chemicals in our drinking water, second-hand as well as first-hand smoke, and pollution in general. It is believed by certain researchers that free radicals are a major reason forrepparttar 147724 aging process and a cause of some illnesses. Antioxidants are there to basically absorbrepparttar 147725 free radicals but due torepparttar 147726 sheer numbers of free radicals it is critical to incorporate antioxidants through certain foods plus dietary supplements so you can support your natural defenses.

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.

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