What Are Antioxidants?

Free radicals are unstable molecules and have been considered as a major cause of chronic diseases like Cancer, Diabetes, Heart diseases, Arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and eye diseases such as cataracts & age related macular degeneration. Free radicals produce in body when we get expose to exercise, sun, cigarette, smoke, alcohol and pollution. Antioxidants are the substances to neutralize free radicals and considered as helpful for protection against diseases caused by free radicals. Major sources of Antioxidants are dark colored green vegetables & fruits, whole grains, seeds & nuts, Beans & lentils and fishes.

Benefits of Antioxidants:

  1. Antioxidants may neutralize free radicals, which are the leading cause of Heart Diseases, Cancers, Diabetes, Arthritis and many more.
  2. Antioxidants are helpful for strong immune system, which helps in reducing risk of diseases.
  3. Antioxidants may delay the ageing process of body.

Popular Antioxidants:

Beta-carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Deficiency of Antioxidants:

Deficiency of Antioxidants are very common these days due to excess consumption of junk foods and poor cooking practices that deplete nutrients from diet.

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