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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Free Radicals and AntiOxidants

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Free radicals are produced as a result of pollution, smoke, pesticides, injury, asbestos, exhaust fumes, etc. In fact, these harmful agents can also be produced when we breathe and process oxygen.

These destructive bad guys trek all over the body and destroy the cell's DNA - beginning of the cancer attack. But don't be worry. We naturally protect ourselves by consuming antioxidants.

Antioxidants are substances that help our body's immune system fight off free radicals and preserve healthy cell. Certain foods are rich in nutrients that act as powerful antioxidants and can degrade free radicals into harmless waste products. fruit and vegetables are the great source of antioxidants. So, do not forget to eat fruits and vegetables every day.

Fruits and vegetables contain many vitamins,such as vitamin c and E and also beta carotene. These are chock-full of anti-oxidants.

We can find vitamin c in citrus fruits (oranges, grape fruits, etc), melons, tomatoes, berries, kiwi, broccoli, mango, papaya, and yellow peppers.

Foods contain vitamin E such as whole grain cereals, margarine, salad dressings, green leafy vegetables, vegetables oil, nuts and seeds, wheat germ and peanut butter.

foods rich in Beta Carotene include carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, winter squash, broccoli and spinach.

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