Antioxidants: What are they? Where are they found? What purpose do they serve?

17 08 2010

Antioxidants: What are they? Where are they found? What purpose do they serve?


Antioxidants are natural substances that prevent our cell from being affected by free radicals (which are cells with an unpaired number of electrons and can become the cause of various diseases and cancers). Antioxidants are like scavengers towards those free-radials.

Antioxidants considerably reduce the risk of having a stroke. They also boost our immune system, lowering the risk of cancer and infectious illnesses. They also support brain functions.

Anti-oxidants are present in foods  that contain these elements:

Vitamin C: fruits, vegetables and berries

Vitamin A and Carotenoids: Red or orange colored fruits or vegetables

Vitamin E: Whole grains, seed & nuts, beans,  green leafy vegetables and vegetable oils.

Selenium: Fish, eggs, grains, garlic and meat.

Dark Chocolate… Contains antioxidants!

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