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Let
'
s go back to the beginning
.
Te body
continually replenishes its cells
.
Trough
a process called cellular metabolism, the
body produces energy, more cells and
repairs any damage
.
One by
-
product of
cellular metabolism is unstable molecules
called free radicals
.
Free radicals are molecules that damage
your body
.
Tey are unstable because they
are missing an electron
.
To get another
one and become stable, free radicals will
steal electrons from cells
.
Tat thef
damages the cells in a variety of ways
.
Te results are visible and invisible
changes to our bodies
.
Te development
of diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis
and neurological defciencies may begin to
afect you as you age
.
Also, thinner skin
wrinkles and brittle bones are a problem
.
Free radicals enter our body from outside
sources as well
:
cigarette smoke, radiation
and the sun
'
s UV rays
.
Te more free
radicals we encounter, the greater the
damage that can be done
.
Antioxidants have been shown to be of
great help in the free radical problem
.
Antioxidant substances combine with free
radicals and neutralize them
.
Once they
are neutralized, they can no longer do any
damage
.
Scientists don
'
t have any idea of a
recommended daily dose of antioxidants to
correct free radical damage and the diseases
that come with age, but they do know that
eating foods rich in antioxidants makes a
huge diference in how we live
.
Where do you fnd antioxidants? Tey
are all around us
.
Look no further than
your local farmer
'
s market or produce
aisle in the grocery store
.
Fruits and
vegetables contain the principle sources of
antioxidants
.
Certain minerals like zinc and selenium
also function in the body
.
Tey are not
antioxidants but they boost the immune
system to fght against free radical damage
.
Antioxidants are also found in nuts,
legumes, cold water fsh, seafood and red
meat
.
So, eating a varied diet of fruits,
vegetables and the foods just named will
increase the amount of antioxidants in
your system and help reduce the incidence
of disease
.
Eating fruits and vegetables in
their natural form instead of juices brings
the beneft of other nutrients found in the
foods
.
Juices also contain a lot of sugar that
is not needed by your body
.
Food does more than stave of hunger
.
Natural substances found there can cause
us to live longer and stay free of disease as
we age
.
Vitamin C
Vitamin A
Vitamin E
Lutein
Lycopene
Beta
-
carotene
This hidden ìmiracleî is
called antioxidants. They
have graced the pages
of magazines, medical
journals and every product
from hand cream to
supplement pills. But what
are antioxidants and what
can they do to keep you
looking your best?
Antioxidants are substances that fight the aging process that
goes on in your body. They are not produced by the body so
to get the benefit of these power-packed substances you must
ingest them. A variety of foods contain antioxidants.
Examples of
antioxidants
include: