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Find Out Why Your Body Need Antioxidants Food?

Think of an iron that has been exposed to the air for a long period of time.

Without a protective coat on it and regular maintenance, it surely will get oxidized as it interacts with oxygen molecules in the air.

If nothing is done to prevent this oxidation, iron will likely lose this battle and will be further damage sooner or later. Though, other natural activities like rain or moisture may also speed up this process.

Oxidization is like a disease for iron shortening its lifespan. 👎

You may be wondering how is that related to us?🤔 

Human Aging skin
An aging and damaged human skin. (Credit: Karolina Grabowska)

Well, oxygen can cause the same effects inside the human body, consequently, make us age faster as well.

The process may be different, but scientists call it oxidant, or oxidative, or stress. Oxygen in our body can become an oxidizing agent that could be harmful for us.

Just like we need to protect iron from oxidizing,  we also need to costume food rich in antioxidants to prevent oxygen from becoming an oxidizing agent and  mess up with our cells.

Okay, let me simplify this oxidant process in some easy terms 😁

When oxygen turns superoxide…

Every living being needs energy to function and survive. Plants get their energy directly from the sun through what is known as photosynthesis. The chlorophyll in the leaves harnesses the sun’s energy and transfer it to tiny building blocks of matter call electrons. Plants store the sun’s energy in these high-energy electrons.

Eventually, these high-energy electrons will be transferred to other living beings, by either eating plants directly or eating animals that eat plants.

Every human cell has a powerhouse called mitochondria. This little organelle inside our cell is responsible to generate most of the chemical energy needed to power the cell’s biochemical reactions. When you eat the plant  (or animal who ate the plant), these high-energy electrons (in the form of carbohydrate, protein, and fat) are delivered to all cells.

Then your mitochondria take the plant’s power-packed electrons and use them as an energy source and slowly release their energy.

It’s important that the release of this energy must be done in a controlled manner because these electrons are packed with energy and are therefore volatile,  just like gasoline.

In fact, fossil fuels like gasoline, petroleum, charcoal are nothing else than mostly prehistoric plant matter that stored the energy of the sun that shone millions of years ago as high-energy electrons.

Once these high-energy electrons are clear of their energy, your body then passes them to an important molecule called oxygen.

Your body always make sure  oxygen don’t get his hands on these electrons unless they have been stripped of their energy.

Unfortunately, nothing is made perfect and occasionally some electrons leak while still possessing  their energy. Since oxygen love electrons so much, They are likely to be grabbed by it. When oxygen has its hands on these energy packed electrons, thing can go very bad. About 1 –2 percent of high-energy electrons that pass through your cells leak out where oxygen can grab them.

An oxygen that grab an high-energy electron turns into a sort of gladiator, changing from lowly oxygen into what’s called superoxide, a type of free radical

Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells, causing illness and aging.

Hopefully antioxidants food are here for the rescue

Picture of orange fruits
Photo credit: Lena Khrupina

The antioxidants you get from food like orange slow down this oxidant process, or even neutralize it.

If is important the keep our iron bridges, cars, or other iron-made materials from oxidizing and age faster, so it is important to eat food rich in antioxidants to prevent your body from oxidant process and cell damage.

Antioxidants keep your cells younger and free of damage from oxidant!😊

They can also help decrease artiry stiffness, prevents blood clots from forming, and lower blood pressure and inflammation.

To boast your antioxidants intake, you can simply include a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices in every meal.

Here are the top 12 healthy foods that are high in antioxidants.
  • Dark Chocolate. Share on Pinterest. …
  • Pecans. Pecans are a type of nut native to Mexico and South America. …
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Artichokes
  • Goji Berries
  • Raspberries. …
  • Kale

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