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What's an antioxidant? And what are the benefits of it?

Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body.

What are free radicals?

Most atoms are composed of electrons, protons and neutrons. They’re the building blocks of the universe. Most atoms have paired electrons to balance each other out. A free radical is an atom that has unpaired electrons. That is, it has an electron on one side but not on the other side of the atom.

Free radicals create damage to your cells, to the DNA and the mitochondria. They create a lot of oxidation, just like what happens to your car when it rusts. It can happen in your body too. Some of the examples of things that give off free radicals are radiation, certain chemicals, hydrogen peroxide, and free iron or free copper. Additionally, high levels of sugar create a lot of oxidation in your arteries and tissues.

Benefits

  • Counter free radicals

  • Reduce free radical damage to your body

  • Different antioxidants:

  • Vitamin E

  • Vitamin C

  • Zinc

  • Selenium

  • Vitamin B1

  • Lipoic acid

  • Uric acid

Symptoms of deficiency:

  • Fatigue

  • Red gums

  • Easy bruising and bleeding

  • Joint pain

  • Rough, bumpy skin

Where to get them

There are many foods from which you can get enough antioxidants in your body. Let’s take a look at them.

One of the most powerful antioxidants that you can get is called glutathione. It is also called “the master antioxidant.” You can get it from:

  • Beef

  • Fish

  • Chicken

  • Cruciferous vegetables (especially radish)

  • Garlic

  • Onion

  • Avocado

  • Asparagus

  • Spinach

Fresh herbs that contain the most antioxidants:

  • Oregano

  • Sage

  • Peppermint

  • Thyme

  • Lemon balm

  • Rosemary

  • Clove

  • Allspice

  • Cinnamon

  • Brazil nuts

  • Fish

  • Sea kelp

  • Organ meats

There are a handful of things we can do to improve the antioxidant network in addition to consuming foods above:

  • Consume wheatgrass juice powder

  • Keep stress down

  • Get plenty of sleep

  • Exercise

  • Do intermittent fasting

Last updated: Jun 14, 2023 14:52 PM