Antioxidants are known to fight free radicals that in turn help you keep a number of diseases at bay. According to a quote in ‘The antioxidant miracle’, the DNA in every cell of our body faces an attack from more than 10,000 free radicals every day. The resulting oxidative stress can give rise to a variety of debilitating conditions, provided your antioxidant level is below the mark. Let’s have a look at some of the benefits of antioxidants.
You may have heard about LDL cholesterol, and its adverse effects on the heart. In the presence of free radicals, cholesterol is oxidised and worsens even further. This is because oxidised cholesterol deposits itself on the artery walls and increases the chances of heart attack. Moreover, you should also keep a check on the sweets and starch you’re consuming, as they are likely to up the cholesterol levels in your body.
Free radicals have the capability to change the behaviour of DNA by causing them to multiply abnormally. This condition can even lead to development of cancer. The consumption of antioxidants naturally stifles the growth of cancerous tumours.
It is normal for the skin to gradually lose its elasticity and thin out with ageing. It is a part of the skin’s natural ageing process. There are certain factors that cause the ageing to accelerate even further, one of which is the presence of free radicals. This is where antioxidant comes into play, helping you fight ‘premature ageing’.
Antioxidants catalyse the development of the hair follicles’ connective tissue, and improve hair growth by maintaining collagen. It also keeps the cell count in the blood vessels of scalp from lessening, thereby promoting healthy hair growth.
A study suggests that a combination of certain antioxidants including Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene helps you protect against severe eye conditions including the ones that happen with ageing, such as macular degeneration which is the leading cause of blindness among people older than 65 years.
In order to naturally consume antioxidants, eat a good amount of veggies, fruits, nuts, beans and legumes. Foods that are high in antioxidant are generally, but not necessarily, vibrant in colour and include berries, plums, pears, apples, red cabbage, artichokes and nuts. Quinoa seeds are also a fine source of antioxidants. So go ahead and include one of these sources in your diet. Stay healthy and nourished!