What are Antioxidants

Antioxidants usually cover all types of macro-nutrients that work greatly with various mechanisms. However, the body is unable to produce enough antioxidants in the body. Moreover, antioxidants in the body are damaged due to exogenous factors such as UV rays, X-rays, alcohol, pollution, strenuous exercise and smoking.

We need to understand that Antioxidants as the name suggests blocks the oxidation process by neutralizing the free radicals that otherwise destroy a larger portion of the body. Insufficient levels of antioxidants, or inhibition of the antioxidant enzymes, cause oxidative stress and may damage or kill cells. Oxidative stress is damage to cell structure and cell function by overly reactive oxygen-containing molecules and chronic excessive inflammation. Oxidative stress seems to play a significant role in many human diseases, including cancers. For these reasons, oxidative stress can be considered to be both the cause and the consequence of some diseases.

So it is very important to include Antioxidants as dietary supplements as this helps in the prevention of diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease and even altitude sickness.There are various types of antioxidants namely Vitamin A, beta-carotene, lycopene, selenium, lutein, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. These minerals and vitamins enhance skin radiance, cell growth and repair body and also helps fight wrinkles and fine lines.

Colorful fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants. There are many natural sources of high antioxidants which we will discuss in our next post. Its always advisable to include natural sources in your daily meals as well as include supplements which you should always have with meals because this can reduce the risks of upset tummies. 

How Does Antioxidants Works ?
Antioxidants keep control of free radicals. It prevents the damage of cells. Antioxidants as mentioned are vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

Lets see how various antioxidants work for us:
  • Vitamin C also called as ascorbic acid is a water soluble mineral that helps in fighting foreign particles that enter into the body. 
  • Alpha tocopherol or Vitamin E heals aging and sunburn.
  • Selenium also present in antioxidant supplements helps in the protection against cancer. Other enzymes are also present in antioxidant supplements. 
  • Lutein is best known to promote healthy eyes. You can find lutein in green leafy vegetables.
  • Lycopene is a strong antioxidant that helps in the prevention of stomach and lung cancers. It also reduces the risks of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease. In raw form it is found in watermelon, papaya, oranges, tomatoes and grapes.

Health benefits of antioxidants include:
  • It boosts up immunity system.
  • It prevents degenerative disease.
  • It helps prevent cardiovascular health.
  • It prevents eye lens get deteriorated by cataracts.
  • It eases down joint pains in rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It mitigates the damage of nerve cells in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
  • It regulates blood pressure level in the body. 
  • It reduces the risks of aging.
  • It prevents cancer cellular growth.
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  1. Green Tea and White Tea, both the teas are very minimally processed, which allows them to keep most of their antioxidants intact. - See more at: http://www.naturalhealthcareguide.com/2014/02/green-tea-vs-white-tea-health-benefits.html
  2. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which prevent our bodies’ cells from damage due to oxidation. Green Tea is often consumed as a dietary supplement against aging.- See more at: http://www.naturalhealthcareguide.com/2008/05/green-tea-dietary-supplement-against_15.html
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