Antioxidants Benefits

resha_pradhanang By resha_pradhanang, 25th Feb 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Antioxidants are very important for human beings. Hence this article consists of few things about antioxidants I thought would might be helpful.


Antioxidants are substances that are capable of counteracting the damaging, but normal, effects of the physiological process of oxidation in animal tissue.
Antioxidants are nutrients(vitamins and minerals) as well as enzymes (proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions). They are believed to play a role in preventing the development of such chronic diseases as cancer, heart disease,stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts.

“Antioxidants act like little bodyguards to protect our cells from damage that can lead to premature aging and disease,” explains Cynthia Sass, Health’s contributing nutrition editor. They neutralize harmful free radicals, molecules that play a role in cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and more.

What To Do

Though there are many antioxidant dietary supplements on the market, health experts typically recommend getting them the old fashioned way: through your diet.
First off, get plenty of sleep, and establish a regular, rhythmic sleep cycle. This is important not only because sleep deprivation contributes to oxidative stress, but also because melatonin, the hormone best-known for governing the sleep-wake cycle, is a powerful antioxidant. Manage your stress, and generally try to reduce your exposure to toxins.

From a dietary perspective, avoid inflammatory foods like omega-6 PUFA. This kind of rancid fat is not just prone to oxidation when it’s already in your body; it’s often been pre-oxidized for you by exposure to light and heat. Excess fructose is another cause for concern – not the relatively small amounts in fruit, but the enormous doses delivered by candy, soft drinks, and other sugary modern foods.

Diet can also help by giving your body the tools it needs to manufacture the endogenous antioxidants. Again, supplementing with one or two specific nutrients won’t get you the results you need. As this list of nutrients important for just one antioxidant (glutathione) shows, so many different micronutrients go into the process that keeping track of them all would drive you completely crazy. Instead of wasting hours determining the optimal micronutrient levels for each antioxidant, simply make sure to eat a wide variety of micronutrient-rich foods every day.

High-quality protein is also important for antioxidant status, because the amino acids it provides are building blocks for the endogenous antioxidants. This is why whey protein is often recommended for glutathione synthesis, but any high-quality animal protein will help.

Another therapy that you won’t see advised in any mainstream magazines is to eat plenty of saturated fat. Remember that the more saturated a fat is, the less prone it is to oxidative damage; that’s why you can leave butter out on the counter for a week and it will still be fine to eat, while canola oil left on the grocery-store shelf quickly becomes rancid.

Eating lots of saturated fat helps make the membranes of your cells more saturated (more like the butter, less like the canola oil), and thus less vulnerable to attack by free radicals. So go ahead, smear some butter on your steak: it’s good for you!

Keeping your insulin levels under control is another way to push your membranes in a more saturated direction: insulin activates the production of enzymes that tend to make fats less saturated, so lower insulin levels give the fats in the cell membranes more of a chance to become saturated.

Note that “low insulin” doesn’t necessarily imply “low carb,” though. Metabolically damaged people might require a period of low-carb dieting to regain their insulin sensitivity, but metabolically healthy people are perfectly capable of metabolizing carbohydrates without enormous insulin spikes.

As always, consult a medical manbefore starting a serious new program.


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