Do you know antioxidants?
According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, antioxidants are compounds able to block or reduce the effects of oxidative stress caused by free radicals. And this is just one of many antioxidant facts we are going to see in this article.
Free radicals are unstable molecules responsible for damaging healthy cells in our body, which may cause aging and serious issues, such as heart diseases and even cancer.
Antioxidants are important to protect our body against those free radicals. That’s why some antioxidants facts may be really interesting to you!
Since there are many types of tissues in the human body, it’s easy to conclude that there are also many types of antioxidants and they are quite different from each other. Each antioxidant interacts with different structures inside their cells.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which makes it able to dissolve into fats and oils and be stored inside the body, in the liver, and fatty tissues.
Small amounts of those substances are important for your body to work properly, but they can also become toxic when ingested in excessive amounts since the body cannot discard them easily.
Vitamin C, however, as a water-soluble vitamin, is easily dissolved in water. It is carried through the whole body, but it’s not stored and can be discarded via urine.
Both vitamins C and E are antioxidants, but, as you can see, they work quite differently from each other.
Polyphenols are a group of compounds mostly found in fruits and vegetables. They are known as free radicals reducers and have amazing antioxidant properties.
Because of its high level of polyphenols, acai is one of the five fruits with the largest amount of antioxidants.
Another fun fact about polyphenols: you’ve certainly heard that green tea, dark chocolate, and red wine are good for your health, haven’t you? It’s true! And, just like acai, it’s because they’re rich in polyphenols.
Please, check our bonus fact at the end of this post.
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The next antioxidant fact is really curious. Antioxidants block free radicals’ attacks on body tissues. They also reduce the chances of heart diseases. In other words, the ingestion of antioxidants may help you increase your productivity and energy by making your heart stronger and healthier.
A good diet is one of the bases of cancer treatment and it also works as prevention. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and, let’s face it, this is a delicious way of empowering our body and protect ourselves.
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You have already noticed how powerful the antioxidants are, right? Let us tell you: your immune system agrees.
Antioxidants found in spirulina act as strengtheners to the immune system, protecting the body cells and keeping them healthy. Isn’t it great?
A high level of sugar in the blood is all free radicals want.
Therefore, since antioxidants prevent the damage caused by free radicals, diabetic and pre-diabetic people can benefit a lot from an extra portion of antioxidants.
Anyway, we do not recommend anyone to start to eat fruit as it was the last day on earth. Fruits, including Acai, could contain high portions of sugar. They are natural, ok, but still being sugar.
Keep the balance and talk to your GP
Scientists have already concluded that the ingestion of antioxidants like vitamin C and E may reduce the risk of developing dementia by 50%.
In addition, those antioxidants can improve your multitasking abilities as well as your attention and energy levels.
The combo vitamin C + bromelain is also great if you have a cold or bronchitis, as it helps to reduce the mucus in the throat and nose.
Excessive ingestion of sugar, alcohol, or trans-fat raises oxidation, which may cause inflammation and many other issues, as we’ve already seen.
Again, It’s important to say that you can eat anything, as long as you keep some balance! And, of course, ingest our dear antioxidants.
A yoga session in the park, perhaps a run on the beach, or even going surfing; protecting your skin from sunburn is mandatory either way. Specialists have already concluded that sunburns are not only harmful to the skin, but also to our DNA.
Antioxidants work as a protective barrier against this kind of damage underneath the skin. How nice is that?
So far, most of the clinical trials haven’t found proof that the use of antioxidant supplements is as good for the human body as eating food rich in antioxidants is.
A recent study done in Sweden has revealed that the consumption of those concentrated antioxidants may have enhanced tumors in animals that already had cancer.
The scientists explained that the excessive amount of antioxidants was able to disarm the body’s mechanism that suppressed the cancer.
Luckily for us, Mother Nature already provides food with the right amount of antioxidants – and we tend to believe that there will never be scientific proof that eating fruits and vegetables is an unhealthy habit.
Here are five powerful antioxidant sources you can add to your business’ menu – and, of course, to your diet too.
ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and it’s a lab test able to quantify the antioxidant capacity of a plant, fruit, vegetable, or any other kind of food.
Acai antioxidants have already been tested by the ORAC test and the Brazilian berry is proved to be one of the richest antioxidant sources of all!
100 grams of acai contains 18.500 antioxidants. The same 100 grams of blueberries or blackberries, in comparison, contain around 2.000 antioxidants.