Antioxidants are all about fighting harmful free radicals that cause cancer and other serious illness. Antioxidants come to the rescue when we eat whole, healthy natural, unprocessed foods. Consuming foods with antioxidants regularly is important to lessen the risk of so many diseases caused by free radicals circulating within your body including cancer, atherosclerosis, inflammatory joint disease, asthma, diabetes, senile dementia and degenerative eye disease, just to name a few.
How do I get my daily dose of antioxidants? Many antioxidants are naturally found in whole foods and the best way to take antioxidants is through clean eating and eating healthy every day. So, which antioxidants are naturally found in which foods? Here are 5 known antioxidants, what they do and which foods are a source of this essential counter-balance to damaging free radicals.
1. Vitamin E.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin involved in the metabolism of all cells. It protects vitamin A and essential fatty acids from oxidation in the body cells and prevents breakdown of body tissues.
2. Vitamin C. Vitamin C (or ascorbic acid) is important in forming collagen, a protein that gives structure to bones, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels.
3. Beta-carotene.Studies have been done on beta-carotene’s effectiveness for heart disease, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, male infertility, and psoriasis.Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A.
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