I’m going to get into a little more of a “formal” style article post. I throw the word “antioxidants” around a lot in my posts and promote them to be a big part of your healthy eating to help you glow from the inside out, so let’s talk about what they are.
Antioxidants & Their Role in Your Health
Antioxidants are naturally found in our foods, with fruits and vegetables being especially rich sources. Research shows that the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables may be a large contributing factor as to why having theses foods as large parts of our diets helps protect against disease.
Antioxidants help protect the body from cell damage. By protecting the health of the body’s cells they, in turn, can help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and protect the integrity of your skin, hair and nails!
Well known antioxidants include:
- Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) found in foods such as carrots and sweet potatoes
- Vitamin C found in foods such as sweet bell peppers, citrus fruits, berries and
- Vitamin E founds in foods such as nuts, seeds and vegetables oils
- Plant Chemicals including flavonoids which are found in green tea and berries
- Minerals including Selenium (brazil nuts, oysters) and Manganese (lentils, whole grains, nuts/seeds)
Antioxidants are also available as supplements, however, research has found no conclusive benefits from supplemental antioxidants and may actually pose a harm to your health if taken in excess. Antioxidant activity is complex and each antioxidant has unique characteristics so it is best to get them naturally from your foods.
Eating a healthy balanced diet is key to getting the nutrients we need to live a long disease free life which reflects as well on our outer beauty.
Antioxidants are protective substances that are naturally found in our foods and can delay or prevent chronic diseases. Antioxidants help protect your cells from damage and slow down the visible signs of aging. Get a variety of antioxidants from eat a healthy balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
I have lots to do today. I have my first client in my new office today, and I’m absolutely excited!
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