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Antioxidants: A Quick Guide

Posted Oct 21 2010 10:01am

I’m sure you’ve heard this word before: Antioxidants. Like when newscasters exclaim “Make sure you get enough antioxidants or you aren’t going to be heathy.” But, what does this really mean? What are these mysterious phenomenon and how do you make sure and “get enough” of them? Well, you’re in luck. Here’s a snappy little guide for getting your daily dose:
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are our bodies major defense against free radicals, or damaged cells, which are the result of living in a highly polluted world and being exposed to grilled meats, car exhaust, the sun’s rays, chemicals and many other toxic substances. It is important to fight these “free radicals” (cool name, huh?) because if they are allowed to multiply they can become out of hand and become the cause of various cancers, illness and aging spots, invariably leading to the body being broken down similar to rust taking over a car. Antioxidants are found in all plant based-foods such as: fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.

The Top 4 Major Antioxidants:

Necessary for the proper function of the eyes and for healthy, beautiful looking skin
Works by keeping all linings in the body healthy and is essential for keeping the body moisturized
Protects the body from cardiovascular disease and cancer
Helps slow the aging process because of its important role in new cell growth

Simply getting adequate dosage of Beta Carotene (see below) will generate enough Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is fat soluble, so make sure to get at least 5 grams of fat in your diet daily.

Carrots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Winter Squash, Turnips, Collard Greens, Red Bell Peppers

One of the most powerful of antioxidant nutrients
Enhances the functioning of your immune system to help prevent colds
Aids in reproductive health
Should be taken with vitamin E for best results

No recommended allowances have been established, but eating a large variety of fruits and vegetables will ensure you are consuming enough Beta Carotene…

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