The antioxidants are molecules that we generally obtain through food and whose function is to prevent or delay the oxidation of other molecules in the body. This phenomenon is known by the name of oxidative damage (o oxidative stress).
But let us explain how the oxidative damage. The first thing to keep in mind is that it is the result of a natural phenomenon. People need oxygen to breathe and to generate the energy necessary to perform our functions. The process of obtaining oxygen also involves the release of free radicals. The free radicals are molecules with excess electrons. They are unstable and highly reactive, generating a disorganization in the cell membranes of the organism. This disorder is lethal for the cells.
One of the effects of oxidative damage is cellular aging that manifests itself, for example, in skin wrinkles and skin blemishes. It also generates fatigue and stress. And, above all, it is the origin of various degenerative diseases.
Normally, our own body is capable of neutralizing free radicals by its own defense systems antioxidants. But there are factors that can alter this balance, such as pollution, smoking, alcohol consumption, excessive medication, prolonged stress, high-fat diets, intense physical exercise and excessive exposure to the sun.
Foods rich in antioxidants
To avoid excess free radicalsIn order to reduce the risk factors and to focus on a diet rich in antioxidants in everyday life. Some substances that stand out for their effects antioxidants are:
- Allicin: found in garlic.
- Anthocyanins: they are present in the berries of some fruits, including purple-blue fruits: grapes, blueberries, but also cherries, kiwis, plums...
- Carotenoids: they are found in vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes and green vegetables.
- Catechins: green tea is the product with the highest content of catechins.
- Vitamin C: found mainly in citrus fruits.
- Vitamin E: vegetable oils (soybean, sunflower and corn), nuts, seeds and cereals (especially wheat germ) are the foods richest in Vitamin E.
- Coenzyme Q-10: found in peanuts, soybean oil, fish (especially sardines) and cocoa. It is also one of the ingredients of Policol One.
- Alphalipoic acid: it is known as the "alpha lipoic acid".ideal antioxidant"and its main sources are liver, spinach, whole grains and brewer's yeast.
We cannot finish this article without mentioning that the new food supplement DonnaBella® Slimformulated to show off a splendid figure, also stands out for its antioxidant properties.
[resum] [resumOxidative damage causes skin aging, is the cause of fatigue and stress, and the origin of degenerative diseases. To avoid it, we must reduce the risk factors and opt for a diet rich in antioxidants.[/resume]