What exactly are antioxidants?
Antioxidants ensure that free radicals do not cause damage in our body. Free radicals are aggressive molecules, which arise during oxidation processes in our body. A free radical was once a normal atom in your body, which by the loss of an electron has become a free radical.
These free radicals are not always bad: they make intruders like bacteria harmless and are therefore indispensable. But they also attack normal cells and thus cause an accelerated oxidation (aging) of these cells.
In order to control the oxidative action of free radicals, your body needs antioxidants. Some antioxidants your body produces itself, such as glutathione and melatonin. Other types you get through your diet, such as vitamins C and E.
Antioxidants have an abundance of electrons and can "donate" them to free radicals, which are then restored to normal molecules.
Oxidation in the body is a normal process. Oxidize means: to connect with oxygen. This happens for example by pollution, heavy metals, (cigarette) smoke, chemicals and an unhealthy diet.
Oxidation-increasing factors are:
- extreme exercise
- high calorie intake
Actually, you could say that a person cannot live without oxygen, but it will also kill you slowly. Another word for oxidising is rusting. A person rusts during his life as it were slowly.
In what foods are antioxidants?
Antioxidants can be found in many different organic ingredients.
A small selection from our collection:
Acai, Bee Pollen, Blueberries, Kale, Cacao Beans, Lemon Ginger, Chlorella, Cranberries, Gojiberries, Wheat Grass, Junipers, Turmeric, Lucuma, Matcha, Mushrooms, Pumpkin Seeds, Red Onions, Carrots and Yerba Maté.
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