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13 Things To Know About Antioxidants

Posted December 5, 2017 by Vicki Radford

Here are 13 Things To Know About Antioxidants.

So you’ve heard about Antioxidants but, really, you don’t know much about them. We’ve put together a quick list with tips about Antioxidants for things you may not know about Antioxidants and this incredible, life-changing molecule. By the end of this list, we think you’ll see why they’re so important.

 

1) What is an antioxidant?

They are molecules that fight oxygenation in the body and the reverse the effects of this chemical process.

 

2) Where can I find antioxidants?

Antioxidants can be found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as supplements. The supplement Moringa contains 46 antioxidants, and that is one of the reasons why it’s so popular.

 

3) How many antioxidants do I need each day?

Between 8-11000 antioxidants are needed every day to keep levels normal in your blood. This isn’t that difficult because, as explained, they are in a variety of foods and you simply need to include more of these in your daily diet.

 

4) How many types of antioxidants are there?

There are three primary types of antioxidants that can be found in nature. These are phytochemicals, vitamins and enzymes.

 

5) What are free radicals?

These are the molecules in your blood that antioxidants fight back against. The best way to think about it is the raging battle between good bacteria and bad bacteria in your body.

 

6) What do free radicals do?

Free radicals damage your cells, negatively impacting your health and in general causing issues in the body. They can even lead to the increased likelihood of certain diseases.

 

7) How come I haven’t heard of antioxidants before?

Obviously, they’ve always been around but scientists believe they are now more important than ever and as such, they are gaining increased attention in the media and online in health blogs.

 

8) Do we need antioxidants more now?

Interestingly research does show that antioxidants are more important because we are exposed to a higher level of environments that cause oxygenation of the blood including pollution.

 

9) What’s the best way to get antioxidants?

You just need to make sure that you are eating a healthy diet filled with fruit and veg.

 

10) Any foods I should avoid?

Processed foods tend not to contain high levels of antioxidants so you may want to think about cutting the levels of processed foods back in your diet.

 

11) Are all antioxidants natural?

No, there are artificial antioxidants that are used in food, and these include BHA and BHT. They are not believed to be as effective as the others that you get naturally in fresh food.

 

12) Are antioxidants all I need?

Of course not, you need plenty of other nutrients and minerals too, as well as other substances like protein. Essentially, it’s all about balancing the different things that are good for you. Antioxidants are just part of the puzzle.

 

13) Can my antioxidant be too high?

Yes. Finally, some people do suggest that you don’t go overboard with the level of antioxidants that you have in your diet. You can always have too much of a good thing! Consult your GP or Dietitian to get a better understanding of how antioxidants fit into your diet!

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