According to every health article you read, antioxidants are the food of the future. Everything, from fruit juices to hand cream contain them. We’re supposed to eat a ton of them. So what makes these marvelous cancer fighting, age defying super nutrients so great?
Anti-oxidants help repair the naturally occurring damage that happens in the process of our everyday lives. Put simply, oxidation is the rusting of the human tissue, which ultimately leads to aging and cellular breakdown.
Oxidation can only be stopped with antioxidants.
Parkinson’s Disease is thought to arise from the oxidation of the substantia nigra, a unique part of the brain. Current research is looking to discover whether the slowing of oxidation in Parkinson’s patients can lead to the slowing of disease progression.
Antioxidants come in many forms, they are beautiful and they even taste great. Common vitamins like C and E occur naturally in many foods and can be purchased in supplement form. Phytonutrients, the color in our food reflects the presence of unique antioxidants – imagine dark berries, yellow peppers even green tea, full with color and antioxidants. At the same time, certain foods we eat help us create our own powerful antioxidants such as glutathione.
Clearlly, we need to get as many antioxidants as we can get our hands on.
- The absolute best source of naturally occurring antioxidants is from healthy, organic whole foods. Eat a colorful, whole food diet, high in fruits and vegetables.
- The rich, vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables are filled with these antioxidant chemicals. A diet that contains multiple servings and varied color will ensure that a broad range of antioxidants are consumed.
- Also eating foods that are high in selenium, such as brazil nuts, and high in protein such as beans and grains will help the body to make more glutathione.
Author: Marco Vespignani, ND