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As you might have guessed from the name, antioxidants prevent oxidization of molecules. In this case, we are referring to food molecules that prevent food molecules other molecules. A lot of processes go on in our body, it’s like a factory in there, and every machine part needs a bit of lubricant to facilitate ease of work and in the long run prevent damage. Similarly, many body progressions result in oxidation and therefore, we need to incorporate antioxidant foods to avoid any adverse side effects of too many oxidizes molecules. When there is oxidation, there is an increased number of radicals in the body (unstable molecules) seeking for stabilization (searching for their missing electrons). When antioxidants come into play, they fill these electrons without them themselves being free radicals!
Classification of antioxidantsJust like every other nutritional need in the book, antioxidants have categories, these are:
- Water soluble antioxidants
- Fat soluble antioxidants
Benefits of antioxidantsAntioxidants have been known and scientifically proven to have numerous benefits to the body in general. Here are some of the highlights of what you stand to gain:
- In general, antioxidants are required for the overall maintenance of the immune system and therefore, a general statistic has confirmed that vegetarians have higher antioxidant enzymes that non-vegetarians.
- A high intake of antioxidants is associated with lower rates of cancer in the body cells. Vitamins found in tomatoes and strawberries have been found to be effective in curbing prostate cancer.
- Intake of vitamin C and E has also shown to have significantly reduced your chances of getting a cardiovascular disease.
- Furthermore, antioxidants inhibit the clumping of platelets especially in the blood vessels, reducing the amount of blood clot formation. This is an enormous role played by vitamin E.
- Oxidation is necessary for prevention of atherogenesis, which is the formation of abnormal fatty acids in the arterial walls. The likelihood of this is improved when LDL cholesterol in the body is oxidized.
- Increased mental clarity and energy production
- As we age, so does our solid performances and tasks. The compromised state of the retina and lens in the eye can be traced to the lack of antioxidant vitamins. These oxidants provide the most practical solution to delaying cataracts, as vitamins from green leafy vegetables provide lutein and zeaxanthin that are carotenoid pigments needed by the retina.
- A healthy and ever glowing skin, which can be mirrored as a slower aging effect.
- Vitamins are necessary in the decontamination and detoxification of the body, additional the sweat and urine excretion.
- With all the above benefits working for you, you are almost guaranteed a longer life span (that is unless you get hit by a bus!)