You may have heard people talking a lot about antioxidants. They do an important job in keeping you healthy and preventing the effects of ageing, but most of us don’t really understand what they are and how they work. In this short video we’ll give you some essential antioxidant facts.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are naturally occurring, although poor diet, pollution, smoking and drinking means that a lot of people don’t have enough of them. An antioxidant is a substance capable of stopping the oxidation of other molecules in the body. This is a good thing, and here’s why.
How do antioxidants work?
Oxidation of the molecules in our body causes them to split, creating free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that are missing an electron and as a result go hunting for other molecules to make up their electron deficiency. The problem comes when free radicals grab these electrons, as it causes a degeneration of other molecules and cells which can enhance the effects of ageing.
Antioxidants work by mopping up and bonding with these wandering free radicals to prevent them from damaging the fabric of the body.
How can you get more of them?
The good news is that antioxidants are abundant in loads of foods you may already eat; berries, beans, fruits, vegetables like artichokes and spinach. Nuts, herbs and even dark chocolate. In fact high cocoa content dark chocolate can rank higher than many fruits and vegetables when it comes to antioxidant power.
What about drinks? Green tea may come to mind as a good source of antioxidants, but other beverages have high levels too; including coffee, red wine and many fruit juices such as pomegranate.
So what’s in it for you?
By ensuring that your antioxidant intake is good, either through your food or by taking a supplement, you’re helping your body’s fight against the destructive tendencies of free radicals. This in turn slows down the signs of ageing brought on by our modern lifestyles.