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!
Herbs of Gold Resveratrol AdvantAGE 250mg 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
Take 1-2 capsules a day with food.
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