Natural Antioxidants

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Antioxidants work like soldiers to guard our bodies against damage from outside forces. Until recently, not many outside the nutritional industry understood the importance of antioxidants in our fight against fatigue, arthritis, chronic pain and back problems. Thanks to awareness campaigns from cancer organizations and the like, it's public knowledge that antioxidants are essential for good health.

Antioxidants defend our bodies against "free radicals" that can cause damage to our cells. Free radicals are mutated oxygen molecules that might have been mutated by the sun or some form of pollution. The free radicals attach themselves to cell walls and then attempt to change the cell's composition, damaging our DNA and cells. This damage can lead to many different ailments and there is even a controversial theory that free radicals cause humans to age.

How to Get Antioxidants

Antioxidants are our best defense against free radicals and are found in fruits and vegetables. Cherries, strawberries, blueberries and oranges are all very good sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants can also be found in red wine, green tea, broccoli, grains, fish and poultry. A diet filled with foods like these can help your body fight free radicals.

There are a few specific vitamins and minerals that are key in fighting free radicals. Vitamins C and E, zinc, selenium and beta-carotene are all antioxidants, and a healthy dose of them everyday will help you feel younger and healthier. Supplements of these vitamins and minerals can also be beneficial if you can't get enough of them through diet alone.

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