What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants form part of the body’s natural defence network against the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are produced during many of the normal chemical reactions that take place in our bodies, as well as being triggered by exposure to cigarette smoke, processed and sugary foods and other pollutants.
Where do I find Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are found widely in plant foods and destroy free radicals, preventing the damage that they can cause, making them an important part of a healthy diet. Plant foods include vegetables, fruit, herbs, spices, nuts, legumes, red wine and tea. The more colour and variety you have the healthier you will be, a rainbow diet ensures you eat all of the different antioxidants which all have there own roles to play in the body. Don’t start drinking a bottle of red wine every night and eating a block of chocolate every day in the name of increasing antioxidants!
Some Health Benefits of Antioxidants
- Reduces cancer risk and slows many aspects of the aging process.
- Prevent cholesterol from oxidising.
- Scavenge the free radicals that are responsible for hangovers.
- Supports detox and weight loss to prevent damage to the body (many toxins can be released into the bloodstream when fat cells are broken down).
- People who consume higher amounts of antioxidants have a 9% lower death rate from all causes.
These Foods/Herbs/Beverages contain significant amounts of Antioxidants
|BerriesCherryGrapefruit (pink)Grapes (red)
|Green teaGrape seedsSpirulinaGinkgo biloba