What are Antioxidants? The benefits of Antioxidants

Do you keep hearing the term ‘antioxidants’ in your day-to-day life and find it labeled on some of your daily bought products? Antioxidants are pretty valuable when it comes to your overall health. In this blog, we’ll explain what antioxidants exactly are, and the benefits of antioxidants.

Oxygen, a double-edged sword.

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Every living being uses oxygen to metabolize and use the essential dietary nutrients to produce energy. This makes oxygen an important component for living. Oxygen is the compound that umpires the chemical reactions that metabolize proteins, fats, and carbs to produce energy.

While being so essential for survival, oxygen is also a double-edged sword. It is capable of becoming a part of potentially damaging cells known as free radicals.

Free radicals, damaged cells that attack healthy cells.

Cell damage by free radicals is a major factor to aging and health conditions like:-

  • heart disease
  • cancer
  • decreasing brain function
  • decreasing immunity

In a nutshell, free radicals are involved in the surge of approximately 50 diseases.

Antioxidants are the heroes.

Although antioxidants are already present in your body through your body’s own system, there are certain foods you can eat to increase your antioxidant count.

Antioxidants fight the free radical cells in your body. A free radical is practically unstable and tries to oxidize by taking away an electron from a healthy cell. An antioxidant offers up an electron from itself to save the healthy cells.

Sometimes, they are also called ‘free-radical scavengers.’

The health benefits of antioxidants

Antioxidants can prevent the damage from free radical cells, which is known as oxidative stress.

Consuming food rich in antioxidants can improve your heart health, lower your risk of infections and some cancers.

There is still a lack of clinical research and evidence that a higher amount of antioxidants can reduce your risk of diseases. In most research cases, there was almost no benefit, a detriment or a conflicting result.

Fruits, nuts, and seafood are a good source of antioxidants.

We hope you were able to learn the health benefits of antioxidants and now know the exact function of antioxidants.

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