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Live Longer with Antioxidents

Updated on September 22, 2006

Antioxidents for Athletes

Perhaps the most important health concern for athletes and active people is to prevent the excessive oxidatation (burning) of the body cells and reduce the formation of free radicals which are responsible for a long list of illnesses, including cancer.

Free radicals are formed as the body cells burn nutrients and oxygen to produce energy. An undesirable side affect of this burning process is the formation of free radicals. These free radicals are unstable by nature and tend to attach themselves to the molecules of healthy body cell to reach chemical equilabrium. As the free radicals become a part of a normal cell they alter the chemical nature of that cell, basically creating a new type of cell, possibly cancerous. Athletes are especially vonurable to this because they burn a lot of oxygen to produce the extra energy beyond a less active person.

Fortunately, there are a lot of good foods and supplements which counter the formation of the free radicals. Using these nutrients not only can counter the formation of excessive free radicals, but may also slow down the process of the so called natural aging. The less we burn, the healthier and longer we live.

There are a large number of antioxident foods. Primarily, the deep and rich color vegetables and fruits include potent antioxidents like Lutien (green leafy vegetables), Lycopene (tomatoes, apricots, papaya, guava), Beta-carotene (sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, squash). Additionally, one may supplement these natural antioxident through other means such as vitamins like A, C and E. Also, CoQ10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Turmeric, Selenium are great antioxedents available in tablet or capsul form. Finally, good old coffee (my favorite), dark chocolate and tea are excellent sources for antioxidents.

The more active you are the more antioxidents you should consume.


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