To understand what antioxidants are, first, we have to understand free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules, with unpaired electrons, which attack cell walls through a chemical reaction (oxidation). It makes cells unstable, which in turn, make other cells unstable, and so on.
Antioxidants are molecules which bind to the free radicals stabilizing them so they can cause no harm to cells.
This is important because free radicals have been found to be a part of:
- Premature aging
- Chronic disease
Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables. We have to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts everyday. No need to take antioxidant supplements, just add a few of these to your diet everyday:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Whole grains
Remember… Eat Healthy, be Happy!
Blueberries are powerful antioxidants, they protect cells from free radical damage, help neutralize carcinogens in the body, they have antidiabetic properties, they lower cholesterol, help prevent eye diseases and promote urinary health.
Blueberries are rich in vitamins B, C, K, betacarotene, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and fiber.
Dr. James Joseph found in several studies that blueberry supplementation improves memory and that they have antiaging properties.
Remember… eat healthy, be happy!
An article published by the Journal of Skin Pharmacology and Physiology concluded that an encapsulated fruit and vegetable concentrate, helps skin be healthier and therefore age less.
The study consisted in taking a fruit and vegetable concentrate daily for 12 weeks. After the 12 weeks the subjects skin was evaluated and the results were:
- Increase in the skin’s circulation by 39%
- Hydration by 9%
- Skin thickness 6%
- Skin density 16%
You may be wondering where to get this concentrate from, no need to look for any. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables and preparing your own juices everyday will probably achieve the same results (I haven’t tested this theory, but I am pretty sure!). Always include lots of greens and a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables.
Eat healthy, be happy and as proven recently, beautiful and young as well!