Antioxidants

This weekend, we went to upstate New York. It was my first time visiting and I’m very grateful I had the opportunity. We rode quads, went fishing and searched for firewood. On their property, they had wild blueberries, which got me thinking about antioxidants and how nutritious they are for you. This topic has been buzzing around the nutrition news for quite some time. It can be very confusing, so I decided to make a post to help others understand more about what they are and how they support our well being.

So what are Antioxidants?

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Antioxidants are substances that help prohibit the cell damage caused by oxidation. They are naturally occurring in the body, but they also need to be consumed daily. They occur naturally in vegetables, fruits, some teas, and chocolate.

Your body creates free radicals and antioxidants. Free radicals are chemicals that damage important parts of the cell when they are found in high amounts. They are naturally formed in the body when you exercise or when your body converts food into energy. They are also formed when you are exposed to cigarette smoke, sunlight or air pollution. The free radicals damage cells, while the antioxidants work against them. They remove and balance the free radicals in your bloodstream.

Much research about antioxidants has shown that they can help slow aging, making skin more young and glowing. They can support detoxification, protect against heart disease and stroke, and reduce vision loss.

Examples of Antioxidants:

Vitamin C & E

Selenium

Carotenoids

If you eat a diet rich in various fruits and vegetables, you will definitely consume plenty of antioxidants to keep your body healthy!

Foods containing Antioxidants:

Blueberries

Goji Berries

Dark Chocolate

Coffee

Cilantro

Artichoke

Pecans

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