hear a lot about antioxidants. Actually they are not new but
we have become aware of them only recently.
are substances which when present even in low concentration
inhibit the rate of oxidation of the target.
they separate the free oxygen radicals from the susceptible
2) Provide other
molecules, which effectively compete with oxygen
3) Lyse or break,
inactivate and destroy free radicals.
4) Remove the
damaged molecules and rapidly repair the injury or damage
caused by free radicals.
AND THEIR HARM TO THE BODY.
Oxygen which gives
us life can also destroy it. A good oxygen molecule is stable
as it has its electrons paired up.
pollutants such as smog, toxins, herbicides, pesticides, food
additives, radiation, cigarette smoke, rancid oils, drugs
etc.enter our bodies and make oxygen molecule unstable with
a missing electron thereby giving rise to a " free radical".
These go to war
in the body causing cellular destruction. A free radical in
trying to stabilize itself , by attacking another cell for
the want of an electron causes the destruction of that particular
cell. That cell in turn damages the adjacent cell creating
a chain reaction.
This process is
called " oxidation " that precipitates age and degenerative
CAN BE CAUSED BY FREE RADICALS
Adult respiratory distress syndrome
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Bronchitis and Emphysema
Inflammatory bowel diseases
Senile Macular Diseases
WAY TO COMBAT
THE FREE RADICALS
The only way to
combat these free radicals is to neutralize them with the
help of antioxidants.
There are plenty
of antioxidants found in nature . Also regular exercising
and eating whole unrefined, unprocessed foods help the body
in handling free radical attack.
are found in -
1) Fresh fruits,
vegetables and herbs
2) Sea foods and some animal foods
3) Human body can also
produce a small number of antioxidants like glutathione and
co- enzyme Q-10.
The three important
They help you
to stay healthy and stop or slow down the oxidation process
by neutralizing the free radicals.
Also they make other antioxidants like Selenium , Bioflavinoids,
Proanthocyanidins (P.C.O.'s) etc. more effective as they work
hand in hand with each other.
It is one of the
most powerful antioxidants and it enhances the benefits of
the other antioxidants.
It is water soluble
and so it diffuses in the total body and nullifies the free
radicals formed in the water phase.
Vitamin C -
effect as it is a powerful reducing agent and quickly reduces
highly reactive radicals.
In addition to this Vitamin C generates Vitamin E from its
oxidized radical form thus prolonging the antioxidant action
of Vitamin E.
2) It reduces
triglycerides, total cholesterol, L.D.L. and increases H.
3) It is associated
with the decrease in progress of atherosclerosis and decreases
the mortality associated with it.
4) Helps to prevent
and treat scurvy.
5) Helps to manufacture
white blood cells and interferon which are soldiers of our
body and thus helps top increase the resistance against pollutants.
6)Helps to reduce
the allergy symptoms and so it is helpful in treating asthma
like oranges ,lemons grapes etc. Amla is the richest source.
It being a lipid
soluble takes care of the free radicals in the lipid phase
1) Protects the
blood vessels , thins blood and prevents strokes
2) Prevents oxidation
of L.D.L., and reduces the risk of atherosclerosis.
3) It dissolves
the existing clots.
4) Protects the
lungs against pollution
5) Powerful wound
6) Prevents growth
of breast tumors and reduces the risk of cancer.
like peanut oil, nuts
like peanut, Whole grains,
Wheat germ, Spinach,
milk, Rice, Potatoes
It is dispersible
in water and gets converted into Vitamin A which is lipid
soluble and takes care of the free radicals in the lipid water
the free radicals
to boost the immune system
3) Improves the
rate of wound healing
4) Improves the
skin quality , prevents dryness and hair loss.
5) reduces the
risk of cancer
liver oil, cod liver oil, Spinach,
potatoes, orange Juice,