Antioxidants neutralize free radicals produced during many metabolic activities in the body. Free radicals would be accused of a wide variety of crimes like Heart disease, Cancer, Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Wrinkles and most of the process of ageing along with cell death.
What are free Radicals?
Free radicals are natural by products of our metabolism, Oxygen hates to be alone. When you burn food for energy, breath polluted air, Smoke, stressed life you split a pair of stable oxygen molecule and create single bachelor oxygen radical. These single oxygen molecules start searching for missing electron to get stabilize again, in the process they damage healthy tissues resulting inflammation, Chronic degenerative diseases, Cataract, Depressed immune system and speedy ageing process.
How antioxidants acts-
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by providing them an electron they are trying to get from healthy tissue and damaging them.Without antioxidants, oxygen based life-forms could not exist. Following nutrients have a good antioxidant activity-
Vitamin-A, Beta carotene, Vitamin-C, Vitamin-E, Riboflavin, Selenium, Co-enzyme-Q10.
Herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables contain certain health modulation substances like polyphenols and bioflavonoids having powerful antioxidant properties.These foods includes-Red peeper containing capsaicin, Turmeric, Rosemary, Garlic, Quercetin in apples, Milk thistle a liver protector, Red wine containing polyphenols, Grape seeds, Cloves, Cinnamon.
What should we do to prevent free radical injury-We can save ourselves from free radical injury by living healthy life style including eating healthy fruits, vegetables, supplements.Here are few things we should focus upon-
- Regular exercise
- Eliminate toxic metals like cadmium, mercury, lead, aluminium etc.
- Eliminate toxic from your environment like chlorine in water, pesticides in food, air pollution etc.
- Stress management by yoga, meditation etc.
- Getting good sleep of at least 6-8 hrs.
- Eating healthy food like yogurt, enough protein, plenty of water, low carbohydrate and saturated fat, avoiding fast food rich in trans fats and white sugar.