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The Role of Antioxidant

Pallavi Singh
Pallavi Singh
Our body undergoes oxidation reactions that produce free radicals. You naturally create free radicals due to various biological reactions in the body. The production of free radicals accelerates when you consume processed food, alcohol, smoke, have food containing rich in pesticides, due to pollution, etc.

These free radicals are not good for your body as it damages the functioning in various ways. According to some research, free radicals might contribute towards aging. 

Here, antioxidant comes into the picture. As the name suggests, It is “ANTI” oxidant which means it prevents the oxidation of other molecules. Hence, it reduces free radicals. 

Some of the good sources of Antioxidants are:

Vitamin A: Dairy produce, eggs, and liver

Vitamin C: Most fruits and vegetables, especially berries, oranges, and bell peppers

Vitamin E: Nuts and seeds, sunflower and other vegetable oils, and green, leafy vegetables

Beta-carotene: Brightly colored fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, peas, spinach, and mangoes

Lycopene: Pink and red fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes and watermelon

Lutein: Green, leafy vegetables, corn, papaya, and oranges

Selenium: Rice, corn, wheat, and other whole grains, as well as nuts, eggs, cheese, and legumes

How to include antioxidant in day to day life:

*Include different colors of veggies in your diet like beetroot, kale, spinach, carrots, etc.

*Have a different fruit every day. You will get the vitamin and minerals from all the fruits.

*Drink 1-2 cups of green tea or matcha green tea daily.

*Snack on different varieties of nuts like almond, walnut, and seeds.

*Drink lots of water to flush the toxin out of your body.

Reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11718765

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