How Antioxidants Work in the Body

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There is a lot of talk in the news and on the internet today about the important and positive effect that antioxidants have on our bodies, our skin, and our life. However, many of us remain in the dark as to how these powerful supplements actually work or help us.

Thus, we are going to break it down for you and educate those curious as to what antioxidants actually do.

Consider this scenario. You cut into an apple and after a little while of being exposed to the air, the meat of the apple begins to turn brown. Or, when left exposed without the protection of a refrigerated area, fish will start to smell and turn bad. Then again, we can take it one step farther. You cut yourself and if left untreated, the cut, when exposed to the elements begins to fester and become filled with pus.

What do all of these scenarios have in common? They are all forms of oxidation. Rather, what happens after something, whether it is your skin or an apple, has been exposed to the elements and the air. This is what happens to your body every day in small or large doses, depending on how well you take care of yourself.

Antioxidants protect against the oxidation process. Oxidation occurs through the simple act of respiration, when you breath in and out, carrying oxygen to your lungs. However, when oxygen meets your cells, it can also have a negative effect, it can “eat” away at the edges, causing cells to die, this in turn is what ages you. They protect against this process and individually protect your cells from the damaging effects that respiration, pollution, and UV rays have on your body. They offer a line of defense and help in healthy rejuvenation of damaged cells.

Antioxidants are found in a variety of food, such as nuts, blueberries, salmon, raspberries, leafy greens as well as green tea. These foods are highly beneficial to you and can help slow down the aging process by protecting each one of your individual cells.

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