To appreciate the value of antioxidants, you must first understand the oxidation process.
For example, if you cut an apple, it turns brown, this is an oxidation
process.The surface of apple reacts with the oxygen in the air which
causes the surface to turn brown gradually. Oxygen can work to break
down other substances, creating what are called free radicals which are
Here are the benefits of antioxidants shown by research and expert:
Enhance immune system - you have less chance of getting sick
Lower the risks
of having cancer, infection, degenerative diseases, neurological
illness and heart problems. Antioxidants work by reducing the number and effect of free
radicals caused by diseases, and may even work to inhibit the spread of cancerous cells.
Slow down the ageing process
– stay young and age gracefully. Despite the unavoidable aging
process, a lot of people still favour the idea of staying young. There
is an interesting finding of scientific research: human cells are only
limited to certain number of cell divisions in a human lifetime. By the
time you are 20 years old, most of your cells already used up half of
their available cell divisions. By the time you are 40, your cells may
only left with 30% of cell divisions. At this time, you will notice the
changes internally or externally. Death occurs when your cells at last
use up their naturally allocated cell divisions. This is the natural
process, however, there are many ways to slow down this process. Among
these, antioxidants can help you age
Lower the risks of getting illnesses caused by physical activities.
Our body produces antioxidants in the form of antioxidant enzymes to
stop these damaging free radicals. However, when the number of free
radicals is too high, we need to obtain the antioxidants from the food to
help remove the free radicals that attacks your body cells. The common
antioxidants can be found in fruit and vegetables.
If you wish to stay young, age well in a healthy way, you
need to minimise the free radicals formation with right amount of
antioxidants. The amount of free radicals produce dependant on several
factors. Knowing these risk factors can help you to determine when you need to increase
the antioxidants intake.
5 Simple Steps to Maximize the Functions of Antioxidants
Enjoy 5 servings of fruits and vegetables with variety of
colors daily. Have some grains, nuts, seeds, herbs. You may want to
take 1 -2 cups of your favourite coffee. Refer to: Foods High in Antioxidants
for a full list of foods (e.g fruit, herbs, beverages etc.) rich in
antioxidants and the tips on balancing and choosing the antioxidants
Cut down on fried foods and saturated fat. Do not eat burnt foods.
Quit smoking and stay away from second hand smoke.
Avoid strong sunlight between 10am – 4pm. If you need to go outdoor, remember to bring umbrella and use sun block.
Manage stress, since stress is one of the factors causes free radicals formation.