Surely you’ve heard of antioxidants as they are advertised in health products.
You know antioxidants are good for you.
But do you know why?
More importantly, do you know how vital they are to your health?
Antioxidants can play an essential role in improvingyour metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories) and your immune system.
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are protective compounds found in plants. The main function of antioxidants is to neutralize free radicals in your body. Free radicals are highly reactive byproducts of chemical processes in your body, which cause aging, many serious diseases, and the dangerous side effects of stress. These reactions can be sparked by a lack of sleep, exposure to pollution, too much sun, bacteria, an unhealthy diet, and too much stress.
Although most of these causes could (and should!) be remedied at the root of the problem, you never know when an unhealthy situation will present itself.
Antioxidants can help keep your body on its toes – figuratively AND literally.
Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals before they become dangerous to your body. The less harmful chemical reactions in your body the better and healthier you will feel about yourself. It is crucial that your body has antioxidants to fight diseases. Use antioxidants to improve your immune system and to lengthen your life.
What are the Benefits of Antioxidants?
There have been many countless studies in recent years on antioxidants. The studies concluded the role of antioxidants in helping to prevent serious diseases such as; cancer, heart disease, lung disease, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Different types of antioxidants do different things. Some work directly with your metabolism to increase the rate at which your body burns calories. Others rebuild or strengthen damaged blood vessels. In relation to your immune system, many antioxidants work to eliminate the harmful effects of free radicals.
Our body is a machine, with countless processes occurring all at the same time.
These tiny powerhouses are vital to our survival.
Make sure your body is getting enough to attain optimal health.
How Can I Get Antioxidants in my Diet?
Antioxidants are found in many vitamins such as C and E. You may be surprised to learn that our bodies naturally produces antioxidants themselves! However, as we age our bodies produce fewer and fewer vital antioxidants on their own.
Because of this, it is essential that you are consuming enough antioxidants in your diet. Certain foods such as oranges, blueberries, and pomegranate have high levels of antioxidants. One fruit that you probably haven’t heard of, the mangosteen, contains especially high levels of antioxidants.
Without enough antioxidants your body will have an extremely difficult time eliminating free radicals, and you will be exposed to their dangerous effects.
Stay on top of your health. Stay loaded up on antioxidants.
Lengthening your life and improving your health is easier than you think.
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