Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Power of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds in foods that can stop free radicals from doing harm in the body. Because they may also boost the immune system, they are a big help in lowering the risk of cancer and infection. Free radicals are the unstable oxygen molecules that have lost an electron through exposure to sunlight, pollution and daily wear and tear. Scientists believe that these free radicals are the primary cause behind heart disease, cancer, aging, loss of vision due to cataract and other diseases. Free radicals cause cholesterol to stick to the artery walls leading to the hardening of the arteries and damaging the DNA inside the cells. This results to cell mutation that leads to cancer. That is why antioxidants are very important in our body. We can get this from fruits and vegetables. When fruits and vegetables are eaten protective compounds enter the bloodstream stepping between healthy molecules and the free radicals and then offer their own electrons thus neutralizing the free radicals and freeing the healthy cells from being damaged by the free radicals. Antioxidants are not stored in the body, so they need to be replaced daily. So we need to eat fruits and vegetables everyday to have a healthy body.
List of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants which we can see it in our markets.
1. apple
2. avocado
3. cauliflower
4. pineapple
5. banana
6. celery
7. potato
8. basil leaf
9. garlic
10. squash
11. beans
12. grapes
13. spinach
14. broccoli
15. guava
16. sweet potato
17. brussel sprouts
18. mango
19. tomato
20. cabbage
21. mongo sprouts
22. watermelon
23. cantaloupe
24. nuts
25. tofu
26. carrot
27. onion
28. raisins

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