Antioxidants fight against free radicals. Free radicals are molecules inside our cells that have reacted with the oxygen that we breathe in, causing oxidative stress.
This makes the cells very unstable causing them to damage other cells in your body. Free radicals also are caused by toxins and chemicals in the air.
They also fight against ageing and they can help to prevent cancer, strokes, heart disease, arthritis and other diseases.
Sometimes it is not always possible to live a healthy lifestyle at all times. People drink, smoke and eat junk food from time to time.
We get stressed as well, along with the fast pace of modern life and if you live in a city, you will be affected by pollution.
Plus there are lots of
viruses going around that we all get. They also help build your immune system.
They also help your blood to clot properly and increase your sex drive.
They are found in dark chocolate, red wine, green tea, blueberries, beans, spices, potatoes, cranberries, blackberries, artichokes, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, prunes, apples and strawberries. Pomegranates and plums contain the highest amount.
For diabetics it is especially important to eat foods high in antioxidants. This is because diabetes affects the immune system and you are more susceptible to free radicals that can have an adverse effect on your body.
When they are taken alongside your medication, they can help prevent complications. They also keep your blood sugar levels stable as well.
If you feel that you are not getting enough in your diet, you can also take supplements. They are found in various vitamin, herbal and mineral supplements on the market.
These are found in various health food shops or online. They can be taken in a tablet or in a liquid.
Foods which are high in antioxidants.
Carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kale, collards, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots (bright-colored fruits and vegetables!)
Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and lime etc, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes.
Nuts & seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oil and liver oil.
Fish & shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken and garlic.
Also found in blueberries.
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