Before going to antioxidants, describing free radicals is the important. Whenever we take food and and it break downs by the body, or exposing to environmental things like tobacco smoke and radiation caused due to the x-rays, ultra-violet radiation and pollution, free radicals which are highly unstable due to unpaired electrons- are formed in the body. These free radicals can damage cells, proteins and play a major role in heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. People cannot avoid the damage produced by these free radicals because it can both inside and outside our bodies.
Antioxidants are nutrients which contains both vitamins and minerals as well as enzymes called proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions and also antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals in foods that help to counter the detrimental effects of oxygen free radicals, which form during normal metabolism.
Antioxidants are the compounds which plays a major role in preventing cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, heart diseases, rheumatoid disease, cataracts, stokes, aging and other diseases.
Benefits of antioxidants includes:
- Strengthen your immune system.
- Fights against free radicals which damage the body cells.
- Prevents many diseases like cancer to some extent, arthritis, glaucoma, diabetes, heart diseases to some extent etc,. And protects you from hair loss, pain, inflammation and swelling etc.
- Antioxidants can also slow down some of the physical signs of aging by minimizing wrinkles and preserving skin’s natural “glow” and help protect skin from sun shine.
Last but mot the least, people who take rich-oxidant foods such as fruit and vegetables can prevent and protect themselves from age-related and other diseases.