Antioxidants are substances that slow down oxidative processes by binding free radicals. Antioxidant system in the human body over the years begins to cope worse with the nature of the task. Particularly noticeable function is weakened in people living in megacities and industrial centers. Antioxidant drugs in many ways contribute to the recovery of the body, strengthening health and prolonging the period of youth.
The benefits of antioxidants
The essence of the action of antioxidants is from active radicals to make inactive or inactive, preventing unwanted and sometimes dangerous processes in the body. Destruction of certain cells in the "attack" of free radicals becomes quite realistic, and therefore antioxidants are required to extinguish the "enemy army".
The main groups of antioxidants
To date, scientists know a huge number of various antioxidants, the number of which grows every year, but they can all be divided into four categories:
Vitamins. Can be fat or water soluble. The latter provide protection of ligaments, vessels and muscles, and fat-soluble protects fatty tissues in the body. The most powerful among the fat-soluble are vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin E. As for water soluble, among them the most powerful are vitamin C (ascorbic acid-antioxidant) and vitamins of group B.
Bioflavonoids. This type of antioxidants in the preparations also occurs, and also found in red wine in the form of catechins, and in green tea in the form of quartzetine. Free radicals bioflavonoids affect, like a trap, overwhelming their development.
Enzymes. These antioxidants in tablets act as catalysts, helping to neutralize free radicals. They are also produced by the body.
Minerals. Organism is not synthesized, but enter the body from the outside in the form of products and antioxidant drugs from the list. The most powerful are calcium, zinc and manganese.
Sources of antioxidants for the body
In fact, we always consumed antioxidants. They are found in various foods, mostly plant-based. Below are the leaders among the sources of this element.
Green tea. It is green tea is one of the most popular sources of antioxidants, is easily digested by the body, prevents, as experts say, the oxidation of bad cholesterol, supporting the rise of good cholesterol. Positively affects the work of the heart, brain. Tones up. The main thing is not to forget the rules of cooking and consuming tea, so as not to harm.
Garlic. One clove of garlic contains several vitamins, such as A, B and C, as well as substances of iodine, selenium, calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium and iron. In addition, garlic affects the positive balance of antioxidants in the body.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes contain a lot of lycopene, which is itself an antioxidant. Positively affects the fight against cancer cells. In addition, the systematic consumption of tomatoes contributes to improving the skin and the quality of male sperm.
Rating of antioxidant products
The overall rating of antioxidant products with indication of the size of the portion, according to American scientists, looks like this:
half a glass of red beans (raw);
one glass of forest blueberries;
one glass of cranberry;
a glass of ready artichokes;
one glass of blackberries;
half a cup prunes;
one glass of raspberries;
one glass of strawberry (strawberry);
one red apple of medium size;
30 grams of pecan;
one glass of fresh cherries;
three medium baked potatoes in the peel;
half a glass of black beans (raw);
one glass of dark plums;
half a glass of peeled walnuts;
half a glass of tomato paste.
Antioxidants in the form of medicines should be used by people after the age of forty, heavy smokers, those who often eat fast food, as well as people working in conditions of poor ecology. Patients who have recently had cancer or who have a high risk of developing it, the use of such drugs is contraindicated.
And remember: it is better to get antioxidants from natural products, and not from medicines!