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What are Antioxidants and Free Radicals?
The most important health-factor for food are the antioxidants.
Antioxidants are substances that counter-act free radical damage. They are essential for good health, weight management and building a strong lean body. Free radicals are molecules that are missing an electron due to pollution, stress or a variety of other natural and unnatural conditions. Because free radicals need an electron, they attack healthy cells and steal theirs, thus damaging healthy cells. Once robbed, the healthy cell then becomes drastically altered. All of the cell’s protein, fat, and DNA are then disrupted to the point of mutation.
Premature aging and disease are the result of excess free radical buildup. Antioxidants protect us against premature cellular aging by mediating between healthy cells and free radicals.
The antioxidant power of food is what protects us from disease. All vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, herbal spices, and nuts are very high in antioxidants.
Antioxidant Nutrients for your better understanding:
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Sulfur, Carotenoids, Lutein, Flavonoids, Glutathione, and NAC (N-acetyl-cystein), Lipoic acid, CoQ10,......just to name a few.
If you have any questions, please see me at Norwell Athletic Club (NAC).
Yours in Health,
Silke Heine, Owner of Simplify Holistic Nutrition
This post is originally a part of the Norwell Athletic Club (NAC) June 2014 Newsletter.
Source of scientific data: ©2001-2014 The George Mateljan Foundation