Many holistic alternative health practitioners believe that the many toxins in today’s environment, added to our poor diets tip the oxidant/antioxidant balance against us. Oxidation creates free radicals which in turn create cell damage-our natural aging process-but we can retard this process with antioxidant supplements and a better diet. These measures allow us to tip the balance back in our favor, in effect slowing the ravages of our aging process.
Our environment is a dangerous place; radiation, air pollution, first and second-hand smoke, anesthetics, fried and char-broiled foods, all these and more produce a large amount of free radicals. Free radicals are implicated in diseases and conditions like, heart disease, arthritis, lupus, cancer and other autoimmune diseases, plus in robbing us, over time, of the nutrients we need to keep our bodies working properly.
Creating and utilizing antioxidant atoms and molecules quench free radicals and thwart the continuing process of oxidation. The body makes some antioxidants in the proteins it produces but many others are delivered to us from the food we eat and supplements we ingest. The most important of these and the foods where you can find them are:
Broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots (and juice), fresh or dried apricots, mangoes and persimmons, leafy greens (spinach, kale, mustard, collard, swiss chard), pumpkin, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and tomato products.
Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, citrus fruits and juices (oranges and grapefruits), cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi cabbage), leafy greens (mustard, turnips, kale, collard), melons (especially cantaloupe) papaya, kiwi, mangoes, pineapple, guave, strawberries, red and green peppers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and tomato juice.
Apples, green tea, onions, cherries, blueberries, herbs (bilberry, hawthorne, chamomile, ginkgo, milk thistle), quercetin, and citrus (from the fleshy portion of the peel0, green pepper.
Avocados, fish, and shellfish, leafy greens (fresh spinach, kale collard), mangoes, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, whole grain products, vegetables oils, egg yolk.
Selenium & Zinc
Cashews, eggs, garlic, halibut, oysters, salmon, tuna, scallops, oysters, crabmeat, cheese, beef roast, pumpkin seeds, dry roasted cashews, whole grains.
For the folks who don’t know me I’m Robert Galarowicz ND – Naturopathic Doctor & Clinical Nutritionist available for consultations by phone or in my office. I been using antioxidants to help many problems such as arthritis, skin conditions, cancer, etc.
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