If you’re like most people, you hear the term antioxidant and associate it with benefits for the body. But what benefits? Do you know what these protective scavengers do for the body or which foods they’re found in? A recent publication stated that 92% of Americans don’t know what an antioxidant is, much less define which foods they’re found in. Read on for the brief download on what antioxidants do for you.

Antioxidant Defined

Antioxidants quench free radicals in the body; in other words, they help protect healthy cells from damage. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, lycopene and selenium can help minimize cell damage from excessive production of harmful free radicals that can destroy healthy cells and affect cell aging.

 

Antioxidant Sources

Colorful Fruits, Veggies, and Dark Leafy Greens

These are packed with antioxidants such as vitamins A and C as well as carotenoids, phytonutrients and other essential vitamins and minerals.   

Green Tea

Sip on some green tea every day. Green tea contains beneficial compounds called polyphenols that function as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect your cells and tissue from oxidative stress which may activate your immune system.

 

Red Wine

Did you know that 1-2 drinks of red wine a day can reduce the risk for heart disease? Red wine contains antioxidants called flavonoids that protect against free radical damage. More than 1-2 drinks however, can increase the risk for hypertension, stroke, obesity and certain cancers.

To help support your dietary efforts, adding a supplement into the mix may boost overall protection. Check out these formulas for the antioxidant support you’re looking for:

  • Ultra Mega® Green
  • SuperFoods Whole Foods Blend

 

By: Kelly Merkle