Free Radicals

  • When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage.
  • Excess oxidative damage is a contributor to health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes and cancer.

Antioxidants

  • Include a number of enzymes, vitamins and other substances such as vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids (beta carotene, lycopene and lutein) and polyphenols (catechins and flavonoids).
  • Act as “free radical scavengers” and hence prevent and repair damage done by free radicals.
  • May reduce the risks of certain health problems.

Some examples of foods (there are many more…) with antioxidants

Try to include 2 to 3 servings of the following /day in your meals and snacks

  • Almonds
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cranberries
  • Carrots
  • Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Tea
  • Tomatoes