Benefits and Importance of Antioxidants

The benefits and importance of antioxidants are that they attack free radicals and slow the pace of cell division, thus, in each instance, helping slow the two theoretical process of aging and thereby increasing longevity.

What are they? They are vitamins, minerals, enzymes and compounds in foods or produced by our bodies.

They can prevent or slow oxidative damage to our bodies. The body cells, of course, use oxygen, and when they do, by products of this process are free radicals, which can cause damage.

Oxidative damage contributes to many health problems, such as heart disease, macular degeneration, and cancer.

They are referred to as "free radical scavengers", and can prevent, even repair, damage done by free radicals.

Some of the most common ones are vitamins A, C, E; selenium, as well as the supplement CoQ10.

They are abundant in beans, grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish, eggs, chicken and garlic. (Even chocolate has them . . . but also lots of calories!)

Look for bright colored fruit and vegetables, such as carrots,, squash, broccoli, cantelope, peaches, apples, blueberries, tomatoes, citrus fruits, strawberries, and cranberries, for instance.

The benefits of antioxidants are significant and easy to get.

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