Antioxidants are substances or nutrients found in food, which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to the body.
It’s well known that fruits and vegetables are antioxidants home.
Our cells in the body use oxygen while produce free radicals or unstable oxygen that can cause harm by damaging healthy cells.
Actually, the truth is that they have the ability to literally “eat” the cell membrane and damage its genetic structure making premature aging of the organism with the occurrence of health problems.
Free radicals are produced by ourselves in the production of energy. Their formation can trigger various chemicals from our environment, toxins in food, pesticides, or even the sun’s UV rays.
Antioxidants in our body act as cleaners of free radicals, thereby preventing or repairing the damage already caused by blocking the free radicals. Conclusion, are effective in protecting the organism.
Part of a family of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and are found in various foodstuffs. The antioxidants include vitamins A, C and E, lipoic acid, kojic acid, coenzyme Q10, selenium and zinc, carotenoids (beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, astaxanthin), polyphenols, ginkgo biloba, milk thistle, glutathione, L-cysteine, L-carnitine, melatonin and pycnogenol Allium sativum.
Especially interesting is the fact that the damaging free radicals are most exposed people who exercise and maintain good physical shape. I always know that we only use the exercise and we did not bother too much if there is something else besides that.
Intense exercise requires more energy for our body, and thus increases the need for oxygen. Here arises reason with our problem. Specifically, the increased consumption of oxygen leads to the creation of large amounts of free radicals. That’s why we say that athletes have bigger problem than those who rarely exercised.
Antioxidants mean a lot to contribute to human health. Studies have shown that successfully operate in the fight against heart disease, diabetes, cataracts, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer.
Top 10 foods with the highest antioxidant
|Foods||Quantity||Relative strength ranking|
|Beans, small, dry (red)||1 cup||13727|
|Wild blueberries||1 cup||13427|
|Red Beans, kidney shaped (dry)||1 cup||13259|
|Beans, white||1 cup||11864|
|Blueberry from farms||1 cup||9019|
|Cranberry (whole fruit)||1 cup||8983|
|Artichoke hearts head (boiled)||1 cup||7904|