What is antioxidant?

vitamin A rich berries
Vitamin A-rich berries/Pixabay

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard and read about antioxidants. That being said, are you wondering just, what is antioxidant? According to Wikpedia, “antioxidant is a molecule

that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules”. We naturally produce free radicals (also known as oxidation), internally by respiration, inflammation, and metabolism, as well as by external sources such as environment, sunlight, x-ray exposure, air pollution, smoking, alcohol consumption, etc. Put in simple terms, oxidation is our body’s equivalent to rust. The same process that turns peeled apples and bananas brown. Not what you want going on inside your body.
Research has shown that excessive oxidation within cells can cause damage to your DNA, inflammation, and in turn joint problems, stroke, Alzheimers, heart disease and even cancer. This is all pretty scary stuff, but there is something you can do to combat these debilitating effects of free radicals. Antioxidants to the rescue!
Do antioxidants work? There is a debate whether they are as effective as we think, but think about this: it is a well-known fact that fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants. And you know they are good for you. So, why anyone would question the benefits of antioxidants is beyond me.

Antioxidant types

Citrus basket-Pixabay
Citrus basket/Pixabay

Vitamin C: Water soluble, Bone and cartilage Citrus fruit, cantaloupe, kiwi, leafy green veggies. Notice how sprinkling cut fruit with lemon juice keeps it from turning brown? Well, it works the same way in your body: keeps free radicals away!

Vitamin E: Fat soluble, body organs Nuts, seeds, olives, leafy green veggies

Mixed nuts/Pixabay
Mixed nuts/Pixabay

Beta Carotene: Fat soluble, vision, osteo arthritis. Found in mango, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes

Selenium: Trace mineral, enzyme function Meat, brown rice, whole wheat bread, garlic

Antioxidant Enzymes: Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), Catalase (CAT), Glutathione repair oxidized DNA, protein and cell membranes
Co-enzyme (Q10) for energy production

Uric acid: Beneficial for DNA metabolism
Phytochemicals (in plants) promote good health
When it comes to staying young at heart and prolonging life, antioxidants will add vibrancy to your life, not just years. In the process of neutralizing free radicals, antioxidants themselves become oxidized, so it is very important to replenish your antioxidants on a regular basis.

 

Gordi D.

About Gordi D.

I live in Canada. It is my favorite place to live. I enjoy traveling and seeing the world, but it's always nice to come home. Reading and fitness are some of my other passions. Developing my online business has recently become a new passion. My niche is rejuvenation. My website deals with many different aspects of rejuvenation such as anti aging skin care, body care, various cosmetic procedures and health and fitness. All of these factors play a role in achieving the youthful look we all strive for.

7 thoughts on “What is antioxidant?

  1. Very informative, Gordi!

    How you’ve described the way antioxidants work makes much more sense than others I’ve read. I knew fruits and veggies are good for you, but hadn’t realized how much until reading this.

    Plus, I never knew sprinkling lemon juice on cut fruit will keep it from turning brown. I’ll have to try that…Thanks for the tip!
    Keep up the great work and best wishes! -Sherry

  2. Hi Gordi,

    I totally agree that there are so many benefits to eating our 5 a day. Fruit and vegetables do so much to maintain the equilibrium of the bodies mechanisms. I would also suggest eating organic products as this also steers away from some of the artificial chemicals used to combat pest contamination during the growing period of the food.

    Keep up the good work in educating people on what is good to keep them healthy and naturally beautiful. After all, beauty comes from within. Lis.

    1. I totally agree with you Lis about how important organic is. When it comes to commercial food though, organic really isn’t always organic. For example, did you notice how Kraft advertises their “organic” mac&cheese? Funny though, it looks and tastes exactly the same as before. Local markets are great for organic produce though.

  3. Hey Gordi,
    What a beautiful website and great article. I’m adding you to my favorites and I will be back often.

    You know I eat healthy, but your article reminded me that I’m just not eat enough Berries. I eat a lot of fruit, but not enough berries. I’ve got to rectify that.
    Thanks,
    Phil

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