Antioxidants are molecules that are capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules. They are also key ingredients for your body to be able to combat illness. These molecules are naturally available chemicals in food that counter the effects of oxidation within your body caused by things known as free radicals.
The oxidation process is just like you would see when you cut an apple in half and leave it on the bench for a while, in no time the apple starts to show the effects of oxidation and starts turning brown. The same sort of process takes place inside your body.
Put simply the effect of this may not turn your insides brown but the oxidation process starts decaying your healthy cells which in turn reduces the ability of your immune system to be able to overcome sickness. Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and work to neutralize prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals.
So What are the benefits? Recent research shows the risk of cancer and heart disease is considerably lower in people who consume 5-7 serves of fruit and vegetables. This is supported by extensive studies which indicate that diets high in antioxidant rich foods, such as fruit and vegetables, offer significant protection against other age-related degenerative diseases.
Allium sulphur compounds - leeks, onions and garlic.
Anthocyanins - eggplant, grapes and berries.
Beta-carotene - pumpkin, mangoes, apricots, carrots, spinach and parsley.
Catechins - red wine and tea.
Copper - seafood, lean meat, milk and nuts.
Cryptoxanthins - red capsicum, pumpkin and mangoes.
Flavonoids - tea, green tea, citrus fruits, red wine, onion and apples.
Indoles - cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
Isoflavonoids - soybeans, tofu, lentils, peas and milk.
Lignans - sesame seeds, bran, whole grains and vegetables.
Lutein - leafy greens like spinach, and corn.
Lycopene - tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon.
Manganese - seafood, lean meat, milk and nuts.
Polyphenols - thyme and oregano.
Selenium - seafood, offal, lean meat and whole grains.
Vitamin C - oranges, blackcurrants, kiwi fruit, mangoes, broccoli, spinach, capsicum and strawberries.
Vitamin E - vegetable oils (such as wheatgerm oil), avocados, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
Zinc - seafood, lean meat, milk and nuts.
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