YOUR ANTIOXIDANT ARMY

You’ve heard about antioxidants and we’ve written about them in previous articles. Apparently – they’re good to have! But why? How do they work? And can you have too much of a good thing? We’ve got the answers.


HOW DO ANTIOXIDANTS WORK?

Every day things come into your home – and go out. Food comes in – garbage goes out. Friends come in – friends leave after a visit. Sometimes the furniture gets rearranged and sometimes your home gets hit by lightning, or floods, or just gets dirty.

Antioxidants are your army of helpers. When your home (body) is getting cluttered with garbage (free radicals), they say “Hey! Let me carry that for you!” Free radicals aren’t invaders – they’re just the normal refuse of living a life. Free radicals happen.

According to the University of Berkley Wellness Center, “Free radicals are generated during normal cellular processes, but also when we are exposed to ultraviolet rays, air pollution, intense physical exertion and tobacco smoke, for example. Antioxidants help “spare” our cells by becoming oxidized themselves.”

In other words, the antioxidants pick up the free radical load and carry it outside to the curb.


PROVEN BENEFITS OF ANTIOXIDANTS

It would be a mistake to think of antioxidants as a cure for diseases. The research isn’t backing that up. However, antioxidants (because they get rid of free radicals) have shown some benefits for conditions which occur with aging.


IF YOU HAVE A LIFETIME OF A HEALTHY DIET, YOUR ANTIOXIDANT HELPERS HAVE BEEN TAKING OUT THE GARBAGE FOR A VERY LONG TIME


Research has shown that antioxidants have been implicated in the prevention of a number of degenerative, age-related disease, including:
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cataracts
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Macular degeneration

PROVEN BENEFITS OF COQ10

Some research has been conducted on the potential long-term benefits of antioxidants with CoQ10. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin and is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules.


COQ10 WORKS TO FIGHT:
  • Heart failure
  • High blood pressure
You can’t have too much anti-oxidant food, although you CAN have too much CoQ10 when taken as a supplement.

Side effects can include rashes, nausea, upper abdominal pain, dizziness, sensitivity to light, irritability, headache, heartburn and fatigue. Too much CoQ10 can also reduce the body’s response to the blood thinner (anticoagulant) medicine warfarin (Coumadin) and can decrease insulin requirements in people with diabetes.


ANTIOXIDANTS IN FOOD

The best way to get antioxidants into your body is to eat food that is antioxidant rich.


HERE ARE THE TOP 20 ANTIOXIDANT RICH FOODS:
  • Small Red Bean (dried)    
  • Wild blueberry    
  • Red kidney bean (dried)    
  • Pinto bean
  • Blueberry (cultivated)    
  • Cranberry    
  • Artichoke (cooked)    
  • Blackberry    
  • Prune    
  • Raspberry    
  • Strawberry    
  • Red Delicious apple    
  • Granny Smith apple    
  • Pecan    
  • Sweet cherry    
  • Black plum    
  • Russet potato (cooked)    
  • Black bean (dried)    
  • Plum    
  • Gala apple
This food list contains plenty of items that are great tasting and easy to find.  
The more the merrier!



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