Walk along the isles of any health food store and you’re be bound to see the term “Antioxidant” at least a dozen times. We all know these nutrients and enzymes are somehow good but most of us don’t know the reason behind the buzz. The main purpose of antioxidants is to eliminate free radicals in the body. And what exactly are free radicals? A villainous biological entity that causes cancer? Well….sort of.
Free radicals are chemically unstable atoms that are the result of oxidization. We’ve all seen a peeled apple turn an unappetizing brown color after it has been peeled and left on the kitchen counter. At the chemical level, the oxygen in the air is breaking down the molecules of the exposed apple flesh and the fruit is beginning to decay. The oxidization process feeds off of electrons and as the robbed atoms begin to replenish electrons by “borrowing” them from their neighbor molecules, the DNA of the fruit starts to break down. To the human eye, this process manifests as an unsightly brown color. If you’d like to peel your apple and eat it too, you’ll need to apply some form of antioxidants. Most chefs know that dipping peeled apple slices in lemon juice will halt the oxidization process and preserve the apples for a much longer time period.
The body cannot produce antioxidants on its own – they must be ingested through food or dietary supplements. Although everyone needs nutrients and enzymes, there are certain instances where they become extra important. Let’s look as some of the key ones.
High performance athletes
Although it’s a natural and necessary part of living, the respiration process does create certain toxic byproducts. Don’t take this as a suggestion to breathe less – rather a reminder to add natural cleansers to the mix. Athletes need more air to support the strenuous exercising of their bodies. As they breathe in more oxygen, the body has to work overtime to process the oxidative waste. Consuming a regular supply of antioxidants will support the cells and protect them from the oxidative damage that could potentially occur when the body has to process large amounts of oxygen.
Processed food junkies
With the fast pace of life it’s almost a novelty to spend an evening in the kitchen preparing a fresh home cooked meal. Eating out once in awhile is fine but if you rely on quick processed foods most of the time you are probably not getting as many antioxidants as you need. When your lifestyle doesn’t permit old fashioned antioxidant consumption you’ll need to supplement with an antioxidant drink or other alternative.
People with increased risk of neurodegenerative disease
If you have hereditary or lifestyle risk factors towards neurodegenerative disease it is extra important to fortify your antioxidant inventory so that your body can fight against cell breakdown. Keep up regular consumption of antioxidants to keep the internal cycle of oxidization and cell cleansing in balance.
Give your body a helping hand by feeding it this valuable resource that it can’t produce on its own. Whether you’re already a health buff or just starting to develop your nutritional IQ, antioxidants should be a grocery list staple.
We at Mulberry Love believe that antioxidants constitute a critical part of any healthy diet. Eating healthy organic foods and antioxidant-rich juices is one of the best ways to maximize the benefits of your healthy lifestyle. To know what an antioxidant is, you may also visit Wiki.answers.
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