Antioxidants are one of the most important substances required by the body. Antioxidants are needed by the body to keep it healthy, make the immune system stronger and prevent disease.
When the body uses oxygen and digests food, by products known as free radicals are released. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers – they help in removing these harmful free radicals from our body.
Antioxidant substances include
Antioxidants are found naturally in many fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are present in foods rich in beta-carotene like mangoes, cantaloupes, papayas, carrots, yams and leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and sweet potato leaves.
Lutein rich foods like green peas, zucchini, brussel sprouts, pistachio nuts, maize, pepper, mustard and kiwifruit are rich sources of antioxidants.
Carrots, squash, tomatoes, broccoli, collards, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots are Vitamin A rich foods rich in antioxidants.
Citrus fruits like oranges and lime etc, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes are Vitamin C foods that are rich in antioxidants.
Vitamin E containing foods likeNuts & seeds, whole grains, vegetable oil and liver oil are good sources of antioxidants.
Fish & shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken and garlic that are good sources of selenium are good sources of antioxidants
Free radicals are made during the process of digestion. Extreme stress, tobacco smoke and exposure to radiation also create free radicals. Antioxidants prevent damage caused by free radicals. A build up of free radicals are said to lead cancer, heart disease and arthritis.
Low levels of antioxidants in the body can cause oxidative stress and may damage or kill cells.
Everyone needs antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent disease and strengthen the immune system. Antioxidants are needed to look good, feel good and stay healthy.
Too much of anything can be harmful; it would be best to avoid taking excess amounts of antioxidants in a hurry to better our health. It is advisable to stick to the dosage prescribed.
Please follow the directions on the pack.