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The Power of Antioxidants for Staying Young

We all want to grow old gracefully, at least I know I do.  Many people resort to plastic surgery to get that youthful look.  While reducing the appearance of aging, that approach doesn’t do anything about the aging process occurring inside your body.

With the increased information available about the power of antioxidants more people are opting for a more natural way to maintain a youthful appearance and overall increase in the ability to slow the aging process.  The way to make peace with aging can be found in the types of foods we eat and the natural healing ingredients they contain.

These health promoting components of our food are called antioxidants.  Antioxidants are gracing the pages of magazines, medical journals and every product from hand cream to supplement pills.

But what are antioxidants and what can they do to keep you looking your best?

Antioxidants are substances that fight the aging process that goes on in your body. They are not produced by the body so to get the benefit of these power-packed substances you must ingest them. A variety of foods contain antioxidants. Watch the video below to learn more about them.

Let’s go back to the beginning. The body continually replenishes its cells. Through a process called cellular metabolism, the body produces energy, more cells and repairs any damage. One by-product of cellular metabolism is unstable molecules called free radicals.

Free radicals are molecules that damage your body. They are unstable because they are missing an electron. To get another one and become stable, free radicals will steal electrons from cells. That theft damages the cells in a variety of ways.

The results are visible and invisible changes to our bodies.  Free radicals are believed to be involved in he development of diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis and neurological deficiencies that may begin to affect you as you age.  Also, thinner skin that causes wrinkles and brittle bones frequently occur as part of the aging process and can be accelerated by free radicals.

Free radicals enter our body from outside sources as well such as cigarette smoke, radiation, the suns UV rays and exposure to chemicals. The more free radicals we encounter, the greater the damage that can be done.

Antioxidants have been shown to be of great help in reducing free radical damage. Antioxidant substances combine with free radicals and neutralize them. Once they are neutralized, they can no longer do any damage. Scientists disagree on a recommended daily dose of antioxidants to correct free radical damage and the diseases that come with age, but they do know that eating foods rich in antioxidants makes a huge difference in how we live.

Where do you find antioxidants? They are all around us. Look no further than your local farmerís market or produce aisle in the grocery store. Fruits and vegetables contain the principle sources of antioxidants.

Examples of antioxidants include:
* Vitamin C
* Vitamin A
* Vitamin E
* Lutein
* Lycopene
* Beta-carotene

Certain minerals like zinc and selenium also aid in cellular healing.  They are not antioxidants but they are known to boost the immune system to fight against free radical damage.

Antioxidants are also found in nuts, legumes, cold water fish, seafood and red meat. So, eating a varied diet of fruits, vegetables and the foods just named will increase the amount of antioxidants in your system and help reduce the incidence of disease. Eating fruits and vegetables in their natural form instead of juices brings the benefit of other nutrients found in the foods. Juices also contain a lot of sugar that is not needed by your body.

Food does more than stave off hunger. Natural substances found there can cause us to live longer and stay free of disease as we age.

Nutritional Supplements for Increased Antioxidant Intake

If you are one of the many people that aren’t getting enough vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from your daily diet taking a premium quality supplement will provide them in an easy, convenient form.


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