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Antioxidant

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2019-12-02
Nice to Know

Antioxidant

by Dhani Anggara, MD

ANTI OXYDANT

Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures.

Free radicals are waste substances produced by cells as the body processes food and reacts to the environment. If the body cannot process and remove free radicals efficiently, oxidative stress can result. This can harm cells and body function. Free radicals are also known as reactive oxygen species (ROS).

Factors that increase the production of free radicals in the body can be internal, such as inflammation, or external, for example, pollution, UV exposure, and cigarette smoke.

Oxidative stress has been linked to heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke, respiratory diseases, immune deficiency, emphysema, Parkinson's disease, and other inflammatory or ischemic conditions.

Antioxidants are said to help neutralize free radicals in our bodies, and this is thought to boost overall health.

 

Food Source

The following tips could help increase your antioxidant intake:

  • Include a fruit or a vegetable every time you eat, meals and snacks included.
  • Have a cup of green or matcha tea every day.
  • Look at the colors on your plate. If your food is mostly brown or beige, the antioxidant levels are likely to be low. Add in foods with rich colors, such as kale, beets, and berries.
  • Use turmeric, cumin, oregano, ginger, clove, and cinnamon to spice up the flavor and antioxidant content of your meals.
  • Snack on nuts, seeds, especially Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and dried fruit, but choose those with no added sugar or salt.

Or, try these healthy and delicious recipes developed by registered dietitians:

  • Cherry-almond smoothie
  • Spicy cinnamon-ginger roasted carrots
  • Roast beet and red quinoa salad with orange-beet balsamic vinaigrette
  • Carrot cake power smoothie
  • Chickpea, kale and cashew superfood soup
  • Spicy Thai lettuce wraps
  • Cure-all juice.
  • There is no set recommended daily allowance (RDA) for antioxidants, but a high intake of fresh plant-based produce is considered healthful.

 

 

Source:

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antioxidants-explained
  3. https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss

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