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!