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Featured Article of the Month - Antioxidants in Diet

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Antioxidants oxidative stress          As we get older humans suffers more and more from the effects of oxidative stress and damage to the cells of our bodies. Oxidative stress can cause a plethora of negative effects on the body including cellular aging, both internally in the organs as well as externally on the skin manifested in the form of wrinkles and premature aging. This oxidative damage comes in the form of what is called free radical damage. Luckily antioxidants can slow down the negative effects of this aging and process and reduce free radical damage on the body.




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Benefits of a daily multivitamin abound. Most brands of multivitamins contain antioxidants as part of their makeup. Some of the antioxidants contained in multivitamins include Vitamins C, E, and A. Vitamins C, E, and A have all been shown to boost the immune system. Vitamin A also specifically is used in topical creams to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


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Vitamin C orangesEat more fruits. Fruits are potent with antioxidants. Manganese is found in strawberries. Vitamin C is contained in oranges and apples. Many fruits are chock full of antioxidants.







Step 3

Fruit juice no sodaTry to integrate drinking 100% fruit juices in your daily routine. A good way to do this would be to replace high sugar sodas in your diet with fruit juice. If you do not want to eat solid fruit, fruit juice is a viable option to get almost as many antioxidants in your diet as you would get by eating the solid fruit. This is because solid fruits have more antioxidants in them compared to fruit juice because of the skin of the fruit which also contains vitamins.






Step 4

VegetablesAs part of a healthy lifestyle, supplementing your diet with vegetables can increase the amounts of antioxidants you get on a daily basis. Many vegetables contain large amounts of antioxidants such as green peppers which are known to be high in Vitamin C.









Step 5

Dark Chocolate antioxidantTake a look at dark chocolate, it’s true. A component of dark chocolate is flavanols. Flavanols have an antioxidant effect on the body.










Step 6

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that is found in red wine from the skin of the grapes. One of the components of the Mediterranean diet is the drinking of a little wine in moderation.

 

Additional Advice

                   Nutrients and antioxidants are lost or neutralized during many types of cooking processes. Steam cooking vegetables is the best way to prepare vegetables for meals that has the least negative impact on destroying the antioxidants found within them.

                   Antioxidants get absorbed into boiling water when you cook them. Typically when people drain the water after boiling vegetables, many of the nutrients go along with it.

 

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