What Are Free Radicals and Why You Need Antioxidants?

What Are Free Radicals and Why You Need Antioxidants?

In today’s video, we’ll tell you all about Antioxidants, what they really are, and how they are good for your body. Keep watching to find out more!

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What exactly are antioxidants? – 00:49
What are the different types of Antioxidants – 02:20
Sources of Antioxidants – 04:52
Antioxidant Health Benefits – 06:04
Is there anything as too much Antioxidants – 10:52


What exactly are antioxidants?
In order to understand what an antioxidant is, we must remember some basics from science class. Atoms are made up of protons, electrons, and neutrons. Molecules are made of two or more atoms. In order for a molecule to remain stable, it must contain the right number of electrons; otherwise it will turn into a “free radical.”

What are the different types of Antioxidants?
There are three primary types of antioxidants found in nature. These include phytochemicals, vitamins, and enzymes.

Antioxidant Enzymes
Enzymes are types of antioxidants that come from the proteins and minerals you eat as part of your daily diet. In order for antioxidant enzymes to provide optimum antioxidant activity, they require cofactors such as iron, copper, selenium, magnesium, and zinc. The quality of the protein source also has an impact on the quality of the antioxidant enzymes.

Antioxidant Vitamins
Your body does not produce antioxidant vitamins naturally, so it is essential to include dietary sources of them in your daily intake of food. Common antioxidant vitamins include vitamin A, C, E, folic acid, and beta-carotene.

Antioxidant Phytochemicals
Phytochemicals are the antioxidants that are naturally used by plants to protect themselves against free radicals . Studies show that humans who eat sources of phytochemicals also benefit from the antioxidant properties of the plant. Phytochemicals are broken down in four categories which are Carotenoids ,Flavonoids, Allyl sulfide and Polyphenols

Sources of Antioxidants:
You can get Antioxidants from many sources. Some are naturally produced in your body and some naturally occur in foods that you eat. You can also add natural or synthetic Antioxidants to foods that don’t normally contain them, either for their health value or to preserve the food from oxidation.

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