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What do you know about oxidants and why are antioxidants so important?week 18

Many of us know that antioxidants are sources of foods that offer health and wellness benefits without fully knowing the science behind them. Why do we want antioxidants and what is the problem with oxidants?

According to the NIH ( National Institute of Health), Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Diets high in vegetables and fruits, which are good sources of antioxidants, have been found to be healthy; however, research has not shown antioxidant supplements to be beneficial in preventing diseases.

Since we are made up of cells, we definitely want to keep our cells healthy. If antioxidants are good, it is easy to connect the dots and understand that oxidants are bad. High levels of oxidants in the body cause oxidative stress which can lead to cell damage, inflammation and disease. ( Oxidative stress results from an imbalance in the body caused by too many free radicals. Antioxidants can stop free radicals from causing damage.)

According to, “…there are things you can do to minimize the effects of oxidative stress on your body. The main thing you can do is to increase your levels of antioxidants and decrease your formation of free radicals.
One method of preventing oxidative stress is to ensure that you’re obtaining enough antioxidants in your diet. Eating five servings per day of a variety of fruits and vegetables is the best way to provide your body what it needs to produce antioxidants. Examples of fruits and vegetables include:
citrus fruits
dark leafy greens
Other examples of dietary antioxidant sources include:
fish and nuts
vitamin E
vitamin C
green tea

Hope this inspires you to eat the rainbow and add in lots of fruits and vegetables. Help your cells function well and fight disease and inflammation.

As always, Fill Up On Healthy and have less room for the other stuff.

Regards, Paula Gladstone

*DISCLAIMER: While Paula Gladstone is a certified Health Coach from Precision Nutrition, this website does not provide medical or nutritional advice. The blog and related articles have been developed for informational purposes only. The content on this website and blog does not substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, nutritionist, dietitian or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding certain dietary needs or restrictions before proceeding with a new diet or health care regimen.

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