What Are Anti Oxidant – Antioxidant Benefits
Have been hearing about antioxidants quiet frequently nowadays.From soaps to creams or food they all claims to have them.Antioxidant in skin care promises to rejuvenate the skin, bring bounce to hair and make one look young too so what exactly are they?
Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our food which slows down the oxidants damage to our body. Oxidative damage (by oxidant) is caused when our body cells use and absorb oxygen.The by product of this process is the production of free radicals. Now as these free radical accumulate, they gradually attack and damage cells.This is when antioxidants from the food we consume step in gobbling up or neutralising them.
Free radicals causes many problems such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more.
How to get more of antioxidants – Pistachios,berries and pomegranates have found to be excellent sources.
Antioxidant team which works to protect the body from free radicals and damages:-
*Citrus foods like sweet lime and oranges, capsicum and other bell peppers, strawberries, cabbage, guava, amla and tomatoes are high in vitamin C.
*Vitamin A – Found in three main forms – Retinol, idehyroretinol and 3-hydroxy-retinol.Sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes, guava, papaya, milk, paneer, curd, egg yolk, mozzarella cheese, nuts and seeds are its best sources.
*Vitamin E – Found in oils like wheat germ, safflower, corn an soybean and in mangoes, guavas, nuts(especially almonds) fruit seeds and broccoli.
*Beta Carotene- It works with vitamin C and E to protect free radical damage.They are found in some green leafy vegetables and several orange foods, including sweet potatoes, apricots, strawberries, pumpkin, figs, oranges, papaya.watermelon, sweet lime, carrots, parval and mangoes.
Lycopene – This potent carotenoid can be found in tomatoes, watermelon guava, papaya, chikoo, figs, apricots an oranges.
Luetin – This carotenoids associated with healthy eyes, is plentiful in green leafy vegetables and black jamun.
Popping up Pills:-
Our basic Indian diet is healthy but sometimes it is not possible to get require nutrition on a day basis and supplement may be necessary.Strive for six servings of fruits and vegetables every day.Eat green leafy vegetables 4-5 times a week and eat fruits that give you vitamin C including oranges an guavas.
Whenever you go out try to fill your basket with fruits which forms of a colour of rainbow.
Info Source – Marie Claire Magazine