Understanding Importance of Antioxidants
Definition of Antioxidants
With all the information today on products that provide antioxidants, many people are asking “what is the definition of antioxidants?” Understanding what antioxidants are will aid in the determination of what foods, products and supplements are right for you and your needs.
Very simply put, antioxidants are substances that protect the cells of the human body. Antioxidant’s primary function is to eliminate free radicals from the human body thus reducing the harmful effects free radicals have on our cells and consequently our bodies.
Vitamins, minerals as well as other substances can act as antioxidants. Some of these vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, selenium, lycopene and beta-carotene. While the human body can produce antioxidants, it cannot produce enough without help. The help in antioxidant production comes from eating a balanced diet high in antioxidants. Numerous studies have shown that maintaining a diet that is high in antioxidants has the ability to promote and live a healthy lifestyle.*
Function of Antioxidants
Free radicals are produced in various ways. They can be by-products of natural processes in our bodies as well as created through exposure to environmental conditions such as pollution, smoke, radiation, etc. Free radicals are imbalanced molecular structures which are lacking an electron. As this imbalance is an unnatural state, a free radical will do what is required which in this case, is steal an electron from a healthy cell.
The loss of electrons to free radicals damages healthy cells. The damage to the cell results in cellular structure damage a loss of function of these cells. The altered molecular structure of the cell can lead to potential health problems. The best way to avoid cellular damage from free radicals is to eliminate them with antioxidants.
Antioxidants have the ability to give up an electron to a free radical, thus balancing the free radical and stopping any cellular harm from occurring. Once the free radical has been stabilized, the antioxidants then have the ability to eliminate the free radical from the body through various forms.
Sources of Antioxidants
The human body can produce some antioxidants naturally, but the bulk of the antioxidants required to sustain a healthy you will come from your diet. For this reason, it is important to have a diet that will provide your body with the proper amount of antioxidants to combat and eliminate the free radicals from your body.
Research has shown there are some fruits and vegetables which are higher in antioxidant compounds than others. In addition to this, some actually have more potent antioxidants as well. Studies have shown some of the highest levels and most powerful antioxidants are found in acai berries, lychee fruit, goji berries, pomegranate, mangosteen, blueberries and strawberries. Vegetables high in antioxidants are artichokes, spinach, sweet potatoes and broccoli.
One way to ensure your body is receiving enough of the proper antioxidants to combat free radicals is to consume one ounce of TriFusion Max daily. Containing the highest content of acai berry, goji berry, lychee, pomegranate and mangosteen per serving, your body will receive the most potent antioxidants, vitamins and minerals required to maintain and promote a healthy lifestyle.
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