What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are compounds which inhibit oxidation in the body or in foods. Oxidation is a chemical process which involves the transfer of electrons or hydrogen producing harmful free radicals in the body.
External factors such as cigarette smoke, air pollution and excessive alcohol consumption can all lead to production of free radicals and are therefore harmful to the body. Antioxidants help to stop the damage done by free radicals and therefore may be effective in reducing risk of disease.
Why do we need them?
Where can we find antioxidants?
We can find them only in plants.
– Drinks: Red wine, cacao and the
– Grains: complete cereal, sesame, nuts
– Vegetables: onions, lentils, cabbage, eggs, corn.
– Green vegetables: broccoli, spinach, and mangold
– Fruits: kiwi, apples, cranberries, blueberries, plums, mango citrus fruit, red grapes