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Antioxidants: Its Sources and Health Benefits

Updated on February 20, 2013

How important is Antioxidant to our body? What are the foods rich in antioxidants?

Antioxidants are substances that protect the cells from damage against the effects of free radicals, which are a natural by-product of natural cell metabolism. Antioxidants are capable of slowing down or even preventing the oxidation of other molecules.

These unstable molecules can cause cancer, damage the cells and also has a major role in heart diseases. So as to protect our cells from these cancer-causing radicals and prevent further diseases to develop, we must take in antioxidants to promote and improve our overall health.


How does free radical damage our cells?

Free radicals can create destructive process in cells by getting the big role in the formation of cancerous cells by "chain-reaction" effect thus it can cause other cells to become damaged. How? Since free radicals are unstable, they would try to attack other healthy cells to be able to get stable.

So the once healthy cells will try to attack other cells too and the process continues such time that there will be much excess of free radicals in our body and in turn, we develop diseases.

Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals. They are also the protectors and nurturers of our cells. There are many sources of food that we can get antioxidants. It comes from healthy eating, choosing the right diet and/or in the form of supplements.

But I strongly suggest that we get antioxidants directly from fresh resources like fruits, beans, herbs and vegetables.

SOURCES OF ANTIOXIDANTS


BERRIES

blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, elderberries, goji berry, acai berry, blueberries, chokeberries

BEANS

black beans, small red beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, lentils, soybeans, broad beans

VEGETABLES

spinach, red cabbage, red and white potatoes with peel, broccoli, sweet potatoes, artichokes, asparagus, red leaf lettuce, squash, watercress

COLORFUL FRUITS

apples with peels, avocados, cherries, plums, kiwi, pineapple, red and green pears, pomegranate, plums, dark grapes, oranges, guava, mangoes, apricots, tomatoes, carrots, black currant

HERBS

dried oregano leaves, turmeric powder, ground cloves, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, vanilla, sage, thyme

NUTS

pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, raw nuts and seed

DRINKS

green tea, coffee, red wine, fruit juice

DARK CHOCOLATE

DRIED FRUITS

GRAINS/OAT-based products

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ANTIOXIDANTS


Since antioxidants helps to repair cells and promote overall health, I've listed here the benefits that one can get on Antioxidants:


  • It prevents many degenerative diseases like heart disease, cancer, alzheimer's, glaucoma, diabetes and macular degeneration (eye diseases).
  • It helps strengthen our immune system to have better resistance from colds and flu.
  • It helps smooth skin, for younger-looking.
  • It helps improved sleep and digestion.
  • Relief from menstrual symptoms, arthritis, allergies and asthma.
  • It can reduce high blood pressure and can improved circulation of blood.
  • It helps to have a better memory and concentration.
  • It also helps support kidney functions, reproductive functions and protects the liver.
  • It also offers protection against digestive disorders.
  • It maintains our dental health.
  • It helps reduce obesity.


Antioxidants can have a major impact on your health. Different antioxidants benefits different parts on our body. In order to get the optimum health benefits, we should eat a varied diet and have exercise.


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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      I love this Antioxidant article Spy, its on point in every way, my wife actually alerted me to all of this juicy info a while back, and me and her had some heated debates over the whole thing about PH, which lead us to locating the key to it all, which is our blood PH of our blood stream (Oxidation and all as well as learning about free radicals).

      I wrote an article all about it, and then created a miniseries as well, and so I definitely understand the full ramifications of not eating healthy, plus I have had acid reflux in my past, and so by using fresh organic produce as a form of juicing (vegetable & fruit juice smoothies) actually helped put the inflammation in my esophagus to an end.

      I never knew it was all the junk food that was causing my acid indigestion, and so luckily I met my wife, we got married, and she happened to be a health nut LOL. So yes free radicals are definitely a huge health risk, and so I even dedicated many aspects of my daily life today, to helping people learn about this same useful info you've provided here so intelligibly for us all.

      Awesome job! thumbs up and getting shared for sure.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Unknown, a colourful and very informative hub. Well done.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wooowww!! that was an awesome response Mike. it really works right, the healthy dieting and eating really work wonders to our health. that's why i am going into fruits and vegies now and healthy eating lifestyles. it's not really new to us, but it helps to remind people about the sources and health benefits that they can get :)

      thanks for the shared.appreciate it much

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow, thank you for the visit Jo :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great info Spy! I can't get used to you writing about subjects like this; I'm ready for another of your beautiful poems. :)

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Great writing and info M! Thank you for sharing this.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice job, Spy! Mother Nature really knows what she's doing. Eating fresh as you state above not only improves our health and immune system, but the variety of recipes that can be concocted from fresh foods is endless! Yummm!!

      Love Ya, Mycee!

      Sha

      P.S. Bill's right. You need to throw us a poem or two. We're jonesing!

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      You really have written a great article to keep all hubbers good and healthy. Great work I loved reading it.

      Voted up awesome and very interesting, Joyce.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It doesn't take a lot to eat healthy and care for oneself. It's too bad that everyone doesn't have a little plot of land to grow a garden for some good food WITHOUT pesticides.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend M. Great hub and important and interesting subject ! The more i read these wonderful hub you have written the more i am impressed with your well written article and your concern for health and our environment . Keep up the good work !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

      Have a great week my friend !

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      talitz2550 4 years ago from Thailand

      Great Hub, very informational......thanks for sharing :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It is so nice to know that by eating simple foods, like berries, you can enjoy the benefits of antioxidants.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      unknown spy, you explained about antioxidants in a very nice way so that this hub is not only informative and useful but also enjoyable to read.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this great information.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Antioxidants very well explained. Useful and informative, thanks for sharing.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      @Billy, Mark, Sha, Joyce, Deb, Tom, Talitz, Dianna, Agusfanami, Mhatter, Vellur:

      thank you guys for reading and for leaving your comments in here. Glad that you appreciate my hubs and thank you so much

      @Sha and Bill.. hehehe will sure compose one, I know that you're not used to these as I've written on my top100 all about sadness and heartbreaks thru poems, and anything about love. these latests hubs are a major U-turn. Hehehe! :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Mycee, a very useful hub and well presented. Free radicals are the cause of most disease and eating antioxidant rich food helps a lot.

      Nice to see a different hub genre.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing this.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi rajan! thank you for the support. very simple foods but has the best health benefits.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      We certainly have learned about the importance of antioxidants in the past few years and you covered the topic very well. I have written a bit about them also. An easy way to remember what to eat is to pick the most colorful fruits and vegetables to get the most antioxidants into your diet. Excellent article.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hi unknown spy I have read about antioxidants numerous times but never as good as this one.

      Thanks for this wonderfulhub.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Antioxidants are very important compounds. Thanks for the list of foods that contain antioxidants, unknown spy. If we ate these foods we would have a very healthy diet!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I am big on antioxidants. I agree with AliciaC, they are important compounds. Shall zoom in on these foods, Spy. Sharing.

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Very interesting, I didn't know much about antioxidants before reading it. Voted up and shared.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow Pamela thank you so much for visiting and your comment really made us choose antioxidants easily..colorful fruits :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Vinaya..wow that was soooo wonderful! so flattering to hear. thank you so much!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you too for reading Alicia!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow michelle! you are really very supportive. thank you so much.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you nanderson! glad that i have shed some more info about this thing :)

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Very useful hub and useful substitute for unnecessary medication.voted useful

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      yes girishpuri you are right. much better subsitute indeed.

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      Abby 4 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for sharing this great hub, you always hear how important antioxidants are - but no explanation as to why! Helpful list at the end too - thanks :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Lots pf great information and artistically presented!!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Abby and Audrey..thank you my friends for reading and for the wonderful message.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm surprised that beans are a source of antioxidants! That's good to know. I love berries and your berry page divider is gorgeous. : ) Thanks so much for reminding me to incorporate more antioxidant-rich foods in my diet!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you so much Vespa! appreciate it much

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      unknown spy...Detoxifying oneself on a regular basis is like maintenance on your car..it rids the body of poisons that we absorb from environment, foods,drinks and anything else we put into or on the body (lotions and including meds )..it also jump starts the organs to do their job. To add to your list..fresh squeezed lemon in ice cold water helps to cleanse the kidneys and helps remove waste and breaks down fats.

      well written and researched hub..thanks for sharing

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      KJF, thank you the additional info kjf. and thanks for the visit!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Unknown. This was pretty awesome. :) I definitely found it to be of use. I loved the diagram of the antioxidants eating the free radicals. It was kinda cute lol. I didn't know a great deal of those health benefits. So glad that I do now! Thanks for this. See you around the hubs!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello aubrey! thanks a lot friend for stoping by. yeah me too..it's like even kids can understand the role of it :)

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      Marie Alana 4 years ago from Ohio

      I am a huge fan of antioxidants. Coffee is the leading antioxidant in Americans today. I'm also a big fan of red wine, olive oil, and blueberries. I write about the other health benefits of coffee a lot on my blog=www.citmorning.blogspot.com. You should come check it out. Awesome article.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Will definitely check it Alana! we really need antioxidants on our body. thanks for the link

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I am wicked in the mood for berries now! And coffee, of course. But I am always in the mood for coffee.

      Very informative hub, Unknown Spy! I love reading about subjects on health and nutrition.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Kathryn! now im going to have coffee, since you've mentioned it :)

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