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Focal Points of Nutrition: Anti-Oxidants

Posted Aug 19 2009 6:32pm
When our cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free-radicals as by-products which can cause damage to the body which results in pre-mature aging and diseases such as cancer.
Antioxidants are the nutrients in our foods that can prevent and repair that damage. They act as healthy “scavengers” of many of the bad things going on in our bodies.
Oxidative damage can results in such health problems as heart disease, muscular degeneration, diabetes and some cancers.

Colorful foods such as carrots, squash, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach and berries, as well as whole grains, are rich in antioxidants. The link between immune system boosting and antioxidants may be a key factor in their ability to ward off cancer and infection.

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