Antioxidants are small substances that protect your cells from free radicals, which can damage your cells. Too much free radicals cause a state called “oxidative stress”, this can damage your DNA. When the body is under oxidative stress for a long period of time this can increase the risk of cancer, heart diseases, Parkinson’s disease, respiratory disease, low immunity, and other inflammations.
There are lots of antioxidants out there; some of them are, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene, beta-carotene, magnesium, selenium, polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins.
Where do free radicals come from?
The main sources of free radicals are, stress, processed foods, medications, pollutions, tobacco, cosmetic products, fatty and sugary foods.
High antioxidants foods:
Bright color fruits and vegetables like, berries, papaya, orange, carrots, grapes, mangos, watermelon, tomatoes, corn, and green leafy vegetables. Other options rich in antioxidants are, green tea, coffee, dark chocolate, turmeric, cinnamon, clove, oregano, and ginger.
Boost your level of antioxidants in your blood and protect your cells from harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. All you need to do is increasing your fruits and vegetables intake and eat a healthy balanced diet.
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