How much to you know about antioxidants? And what about Free Radicals?
I’m pretty sure you will have heard about antioxidants and know that you should be having them – maybe you know why or maybe you don’t. Well let me say, that these little critters are the best!!!!
So lets start with the free radicals:
Free radicals are the little blighters that go about damaging our cells and cause the aging process … think wrinkles! The antioxidants are the heroes who set about tracking the free radicals down and destroying them. O.k., fairly simplistic view, but that’s it in a nutshell – oh free radicals also increase the risk of cancer because of the damage they do to cells.
If we don’t get enough antioxidants the body can go into oxidative stress, put in layman’s terms, can rust! Just like a car will rust if not looked after, so can our bodies. Oxidation = rust.
When you age you can get little brown spots on the backs of your hands … very common. Check your own hands or, if your too young, check out your mother/father or grandparent. Those little brown spots are often referred to as “age spots” they are, in fact, wee pockets of oxidated fat = rust spots!!!
So what foods are the best? Well plant foods are 64 times better than animal foods. For example. The humble Iceberg lettuce (which is mainly water), has 17 units of anti-oxidants as opposed to a piece of Salmon which only has 3 units.
Here’s a list of the top 10 foods that contain the most antioxidants:
• Goji berries
• Wild blueberries
• Dark chocolate
• Kidney beans
How can you tell if the vegetable or fruit is rich in antioxidants?
A good rule of thumb is to go by is, if it goes brown after you’ve cut it, then it won’t be high in antioxidants. For example: Cut an apple and it will go brown pretty quickly. Cut a melon and it won’t got brown at all = more antioxidants in the melon than in the apple.
So next time you’re out, do yourself a favour and get some berries to put into your morning breakfast.