The Benefits of Antioxidants

July 25, 2009 by  
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As you age, your body “corrodes,” just as a car does when it rusts. However, antioxidants, which are naturally occurring nutrients found in certain fruits and vegetables have bee shown to be practically “anti aging.” Antioxidants provide this anti aging benefit because they protect against degenerative disease and slow down the aging process of your skin, cells, tissues, and organs by protecting human cells from oxidative damage, which is like metal rusting. Antioxidants have been shown to increase immune resistance to flues, viruses, and infections, reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, and help prevent glaucoma and macular degeneration. Antioxidants in food often include vitamins A, C, and E, as well as selenium, zinc, and phytonutrient carotenoids.

Foods rich in antioxidants include vegetables including broccoli, spinach, greens, brussels sprouts, beets, red peppers, carrots, and tomatoes, as well as fruits including berries, oranges, pink grapefruit, apricots, plums, peaches, red grapes, and papaya. However, the problem is that many people do not eat enough of these fruits and vegetables, sometimes not at all. That is why there are also many nutrient supplements on the market that are focused on providing antioxidants to the body.

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