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WHAT IS A FREE RADICAL?
Free radicals are molecules produced
normally as we age but also a result of an unhealthy diet or exposure to pollution, tobacco smoke and
house hold chemicals. Damage from free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. WHAT IS AN ANTIOXIDANT?
WHAT IS AN ANTIOXIDANT?
Antioxidants can block the process of oxidation by neutralizing free radicals. By doing this though, the antioxidants themselves become oxidized. That is why there is a daily need to replenish our antioxidants.
How they work can be classified in one of two ways: Antioxidants are molecules that will safely interact with free radicals to prevent vital molecules from being damaged. In short, an anti-oxidant is one of many chemicals that reduce or prevent oxidation, thus preventing cell and tissue damage from the free radicals in our bodies.
Our bodies must have daily antioxidants to
continue to stay healthy.
Despite what people think, carbohydrates actually do play a role in a fat loss diet.
You have your good carbs and you have your bad carbs; the trick is to eat the good
Here is a list of some foods that will include these good carbs
Unhealthy heating habits are a major contributor to forming wrinkles!
Damage to cells caused
THESE FOODS ARE GREAT SOURCES OF IMPORTANT ANTIOXIDANTS.
APPLESare great cleansers, good for cleansing the blood and helping liver function. Protects against heart disease. Rich in pectin that can help to lower cholesterol levels.
APRICOTSdried apricots are a very rich source of beta-carotene and also contain iron.
BERRIESgood source or antioxidants, blueberries especially. Cranberries are a good liver and kidney cleanser and used effectively for urinary infections. Blueberries are a potent antioxident.
BROWN RICE AND WHOLEGRAINSa rich source of fiber, contains vitamin E and other nutrients and helps fight bowel cancer.
CABBAGEpacked with vitamins C&E, beta-carotene, potassium, iron and is a good detoxifier. Captain Cook never sailed without barrels of sauerkraut (pickled cabbage) which his men had to eat every day they never had scurvy which was the blight of sailors.
CARROTSrich in beta carotene and alpha carotene which protects your heart. Can help to reduce cholesterol levels and protect against strokes.
CHERRIES great source of antioxidants. Contain vitamin C & A, and they provide potassium, magnesium, iron, folate, and fiber. Cherries can help protect against colon cancer.
DRIED FRUITSlike apricots are brimming with nutrients iron, calcium, potassium high in beta-carotene and vitamin C.
GARLIC/ONIONSGarlic is a very powerful protector and cleanser. Very high in antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal components. Excellent for the immune system. Onions are garlic's cousin containing cancer fighting compounds.
KIWI, MANGO, ORANGE AND PAPAYAaid digestion and cleanse the blood. Excellent sources of vitamin C, beta-carotene.
NUTS AND NUT OILSgreat source of vitamin E, zinc and selenium, especially brazil nuts. Selenium works with vitamin E to protect cells against oxidants (free radicals). High intake of selenium is said to help reduce the risk of colon, prostrate and lung cancer and can help to prevent skin cancer. Just one brazil nut per day can fill your daily selenium requirements!
BEANSbeans, lentils, chickpeas are excellent sources of protein and fibre, also potassium and iron. Although they do not have antioxidant properties, they provide these nutrients without saturated fats and cholesterol. They are a wonderful substitute for meat being versatile and tasty.
SEEDSsesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, all rich sources of antioxidant vitamin E and selenium.
SOYThe Soy bean is the staple food of the East where the incidences of cancer are much less. Soy and its products, Soy milk, Soy sauce and tofu are now readily available in the West. Soya is high in protein and minerals and also isoflavones which are now thought to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
SPINACH great source of folic acid containing high amounts of lutein which is a strong agent in fighting cancer. A great vegetable for women that fights cancers and birth defects.
TOMATOEScontain a high content of Lycopene which are thought to aid the recovery from cancer by killing off free radicals.
VEGETABLESorange, red, or green colored ones are packed with beta-carotene, also vitamin C, iron, calcium and potassium. Excellent sources are broccoli, kale, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and peppers.