What’s the deal with antioxidants?
Whenever I do a talk on antioxidants, I usually have people ask what they are. Sure they’re good for you, but why? What do they do? It’s a tricky talk because it requires knowledge on chemistry – and some people completely zone out. If you want a detailed explanation to satisfy your curiosity, I suggest reading this: http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm
For a simple explanation, an antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules and thus our cells. Through pollution, alcohol, refined foods (artificial colourings, preservatives and trans fats), stress are a few examples on how our cells have the potential to oxidise. So, if our cells don’t oxidise at a rapid rate, we can, theoretically, age slower, and diseases progress slower or are prevented all together.
Let me cut to the nitty gritty. Just eat foods that have a high content of antioxidants. Trust me, just do it. Antioxidants have been strongly linked to the inhibition of free radical damage to our cells, which are responsible for diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancers, cardiovascular diseases and premature ageing.
What to eat? Check out my awesome mini recipe book loaded with different ideas on how to get more antioxidant foods in your diet everyday!
Antioxidants come in different forms, ranging from vitamins that are fat or water soluble, amino acids, hormones and phytochemicals. I don’t want to specify which are better than others, but one thing is certain. Eat a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, plant based proteins (or animal), and your body will know what to do with it. If you only eat two or three foods to get the ‘best antioxidant’, then you’re missing out on a whole lot of other foods, that have other added benefits, not just antioxidants.
Start eating: dark green leafy vegetables – cruciferous family especially; load up on colourful fruit like berries, pomegranate, kiwis, citrus; increase your intake of lentils, grains and potatoes! The theme is becoming obvious – avoid refined junk. Avoid take away foods – avoid stuff your body has no idea how to metabolise. Eat foods that are in season, and enjoy eating them in different ways. Baked potatoes can get boring, so try mashed, rosti or in a frittata; avocados are boring in salad, so make it into a cold soup by adding yogurt, mint and cumin in a blender; berries have more potential than just in a smoothie, try them on top of your toast in the morning, layer them like a sweet lasagne, using yogurt instead of pasta sheets; the possibilities are endless. Think outside the box. Try my antioxidant recipe downloadable mini book (QuickFlick) for great inspiration.
Every day I will have a juice of some sort. I don’t stick to the same recipe, but I do include the same principles – dark veg x 1, dark fruits x 2 + a boost of veg protein powder. Sometimes I add a bit of broccoli powder or pomegranate powder. It depends what my husband brings home.
There’s a reason why we are told to eat a rainbow of colours or 5 serves of fruit/veg a day. It’s for the fibre, it’s for the vitamins, and it’s for the antioxidants. There are so many reasons to include more in the diet so what are you waiting for?
Products I love and use regularly:
DefenCell and PomGenex - high in the compounds found in cruciferous vegetables.
QUICK FLICK - Amazing Antioxidant recipes
This Quick Flick pdf is designed to provide you with some interesting ways to incorporate more antioxidants in your diet.
There are seven ideas that I've designed that are a wonderful way to include more of these powerful nutrients in your diet everyday.
Gone are the smoothies or goji berry juices. Try something delicious, nutritious and different!
Cell-Logic - PomGenex 300g
Serving Suggestion: Add one level scoop (10g) to a glass and top with 200 mL of chilled water or milk; stir briskly or blend to combine. Consume within 10 minutes to ensure best maximal nutritional results. Turn PomGenex into a delicious thick shake by blending at high speed into iced milk or ice-cream.
The unique blend of three all natural ingredients in PomGenex delivers a highly potent functional food ideal for even the fussiest palate. Combining the substantiated benefits of broccoli sprouts, pomegranate juice, coconut water, PomGenex is a delicious fruity-flavoured functional food that can be enjoyed mixed in cold water, whipped into chilled milk, swirled through yoghurt, blended into ice-cream or as a delicious powder.
Each serve of PomGenex delivers 1 gram (1000 mg) of EnduraCell®, Cell-Logic’s own 100% Whole Enzyme-Active Nutraceutical Grade Broccoli Sprout powder. EnduraCell® is hydroganically grown in controlled conditions to ensure maximal bioactivity and then carefully dried to retain the essential natural enzyme and other key biomolecules. When produced according to Cell-Logic’s specialised proprietary Australian technology, our broccoli sprouts deliver 20 – 50 times more essential broccoli phytonutrients than the mature vegetable. PomGenex provides all the benefits of EnduraCell® in a refreshingly delicious natural base of pomegranate juice and coconut water which is sure to please all ages.
The pomegranate fruit and its juice is cherished for its nutrient-rich, fresh clean taste. Widely used for thousands of years in both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean diets and Indian Ayurvedic medicine, pomegranate juice is the subject of much research into its unique phytochemicals with consumption of this delicious fruit linked to many positive health outcomes. When reconstituted, each serve of PomGenex delivers the equivalent of 120 mL of fresh pomegranate juice.
Coconut water, like pomegranate juice, is another ancient plant food. Highly prized for its delicate, refreshing taste and micronutrient content, Cell-Logic’s coconut water is harvested from young, green coconuts and contains mineral electrolytes. These naturally occurring mineral electrolytes are perfect can help to replace the body’s own electrolyte reserves, especially in hot climates and when exercising. When reconstituted, each serve of PomGenex delivers the equivalent of 40 mL of pure coconut water.
Derived from all natural plant foods, PomGenex is rich in naturally-occurring plant carbohydrates and low in fat. All sugars present in PomGenex are derived from the delicious whole plant ingredients.
Cell-Logic prides itself on sourcing 100% natural plant foods. With nothing added and nothing but water removed, our products are developed by nature – validated by science.
Cell-Logic - DefenCELL 120capsules
Clinical Data shows that compounds in DefenCELL® may:
The unique formulation of DefenCELL® contains enzyme-active Broccoli Sprouts with a patented strain of French Cantaloupe, produced for its high levels of antioxidant enzymes. These plant ingredients, both with significant Nutrigenomic potential, are combined with selected micronutrients to activate and support the body’s natural cellular detoxification processes, cell-protective and antioxidant defences.
Taking the recommended four capsules of DefenCELL daily provides:
Herbs of Gold Resveratrol 60cap
Herbs of Gold Resveratrol AdvantAGE contains the herb Fallopia japonica, which provides a rich, reliable source of the antioxidant and free radical scavenger, resveratrol
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