Benefits of Antioxidants
You've probably noticed that many healthy foods boast of their high antioxidant content. That's because these powerful nutrients can help protect against cellular damage and offer a layer of protection for overall health and vitality.
Diets high in antioxidants have been linked to better health in numerous research studies, and they are one of the primary reasons why experts all recommend a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Let's take a closer look at some of the benefits of antioxidants and how they can help improve your health.
What Are Antioxidants?
By definition, an antioxidant is a compound that prevents oxidation, which is a chemical reaction that occurs when atoms lose an electron. Oxidation is caused by chemicals called free radicals. The body naturally produces some free radicals when it turns food into energy. We're exposed to more from pollution, smoking, and other lifestyle factors.
Why is this important? When oxidation occurs inside the body, it leads to a condition called oxidative stress, which causes cellular damage and disease. Many of the health issues that we think of as just a natural part of the aging process are actually linked to oxidative stress.
Eating a diet high in antioxidants, and supplementing with high quality antioxidant supplements, can help neutralize free radicals before they can cause damage inside the body.
Best Sources of Antioxidants
The best dietary sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables. But not all foods contain the same antioxidants, and not all antioxidants perform the same function. There are potentially thousands of different substances with antioxidant properties, including vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, flavonoids, and others. That's why it's important to eat a wide variety of plant foods.
Some foods that are especially high in antioxidants include:
- Red cabbage
- Dark chocolate
- Purple or red grapes
- Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens
- Olives and olive oil
Benefits of Antioxidants
1. Immune support. Chronic oxidative stress weakens the immune system. Not only does the immune system have to fight off free radicals, but oxidative stress can also cause chronic inflammation, which puts the immune system in a state of high alert. The body then has less energy to do its daily job of keeping us healthy and safe.
2. Heart health. Antioxidants are also good for the heart. Diets high in antioxidant-rich foods have been linked to improved heart health. Antioxidants that are especially beneficial for heart health include vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, beta carotene, coenzyme Q10, and selenium.
3. Increased energy. Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are also associated with persistent fatigue. While antioxidants don’t directly boost energy, by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, they can often help people feel more energetic.
Supplements Compliment an Antioxidant Support Strategy
One of the most powerful antioxidants available, according to a measurement test called Oxidation Reduction Potential, is a Faithfully Fit and Free/RBC Life exclusive supplement called Microhydrin. By adding extra elections to the unique mineral structure found in Microhydrin, the product floods your body with antixodants that can go to work assisting in the battle against free radical damage.
In addition, we offer a unique antioxidant beverage, OliViva, that helps fill in the gaps for those who don't consume a wide range of fruits and vegetables every day. OliViva is an incredible source of antioxidants from freshly pressed olive leaves, combined with other antioxidant juices such as pomegranate, dark cherry, and Kona coffee fruit extract. Just one ounce of OliViva provides the antioxidant potency of more than 10 servings of fruits and vegetables. Enjoy one serving daily for a quick and delicious nutritional boost.
For enhanced antioxidant protection, set a goal of eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables and take 2 capsules of Microhydrin with 1 ounce of OliViva every day! This strategy can help you experience more energy, slow the effects of aging, and support your immune system in a profound way.