Why are Anti-oxidants Useful?
Anti-oxidants are beneficial compounds that neutralize free radicals before they can attack your body cells.
Oxidation occurs when high levels of oxygen react with exposed body surfaces. It happens every time you take in a breath of air. This process has by-products called free radicals. These are unstable oxygen molecules which react with normal healthy body cells and damage them. This repetitive damage leads to degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cataract and ageing, etc.
Free radical production is increased by pollution, physical and mental stress, contaminants, as well as by common vices like smoking.
However, this damage and the resultant diseases can be prevented. You have to only make sure that you get enough anti-oxidant, which as per the studies, counter the damages caused by naturally occurring oxygen molecules known as free radicals.
Your routine diet (carrots, tomatoes, other yellow and orange fruits and green vegetables) does give you essential nutrients and vitamins, but not enough.
People could have live longer and healthier if they took daily supplement of vitamin C, E, beta-carotene ( life-booster vitamins ) as explored by scientists of Human Nutrition Research Center. These vitamins are called anti-oxidants and are better and safer to reduce risk of various diseases and problems.
A healthy adult should take:
250-1000 mg of Vitamin C
100-400 I.U. Vitamin E
17000-50000 I.U. of beta-carotene
Natural beta-carotene is available in high doses and is one of the nature’s best. It comes from the micro-algae Dunaliella salina , and the yellow pigment found in fruits and vegetables. Just one capsule gives you 10 mg of natural beta-carotene, which is equal to 5 servings of fruits and 5 servings of vegetables. This is enough to let you forget about some of your biggest potential health problems.
Daily doses of 53 foods could extend your life and may help neutralize body oxidation reactions producing free radicals linked to various diseases including cancer and Alzheimer’s. Research continues to find evidence that many ailments are linked with free radicals. At the same time, there is evidence that we can help prevent or even treat these diseases with the diet rich in four key anti-oxidant groups as described below:
1. Apricot, Asparagus, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Coriander, Mango, Papaya, Peaches. Pumpkin, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Watermelon.
2. Foods high in vitamin C – Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Capsicum, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Chilies, Gooseberry, Guava, Grapefruit, Lemons, Mango, Orange, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Turnip, Amla, Papaya.
3. Foods high in vitamin E – Almonds, Sunflower oil, Corn oil, Sunflower seeds, Wheat-germ oil, Olive oil, raw wheat germ, Carrot’s green leaves.
4. Foods high in selenium – Barley, Brown rice, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Lentils, Molasses, Mushrooms, Onions, Garlic, Red meats, Seafood, Soya bean, Spinach, Wheat flour, Wheat germ.
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