The ideal of eternal youth will never fail to drive some of the most expensive skin care and scientific research. At this point, it is still an inevitable process unavoidable by no one. However, there is a glimpse of hope in slowing down the aging process by taking adequate amounts of anti-oxidants. In this entry, let us share with you how antioxidants are able to aid in fighting free radicals – one of the causes of aging.

Free Radicals

They are unstable electrons that are by-products which tend to react quickly with other electrons to gain stability. There are 2 ways they can be formed. First, when the cells in our body uses oxygen, it begins a chemical reaction chain which will result in the formation of Free Radicals. The second way which they are formed is during metabolism and when fighting against any viruses and bacteria present in the body.

Our body is designed to deal with these free radicals. However, when there is an insufficient amount of antioxidants or an excessive amount of free radicals in the body, our cells will be damaged and structure of our DNA changed, resulting in aging.

We have often seen how a piece of sliced apple turns brown within minutes due to oxidation. This is very much the same like the free radicals inside our body. But if this sliced apple is coated with orange juice, an antioxidant food that contains Vitamin C, the sliced apple will be able to prevent oxidation for a much longer time.

Thus, to effectively protect our cells against these free radicals, the intake of antioxidants are especially important. Not only do antioxidants break off these chain reactions, they also act as scavengers to neutralize the effects of the free radicals.

Here, you will find some sources where you can derive 3 great antioxidants!

Vitamin A

  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Peaches
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pomegranates
  • Blueberries

Vitamin C

  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Kiwis
  • Strawberries
  • Green leafy vegetables

Vitamin E

  • Nuts
  • Whole grains
  • Vegetable oil

Other antioxidants include food that are rich in phytochemicals. Found in fruits and vegetables, phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants which has antioxidant properties. It is also able to help improve the body’s immune system while reducing the risk of cancers. Some  common types of phytochemicals includes Flavonoids, Lycopene, Lutein and Lignan which can be derived from food like Tea, Soy, Oatmeal, Barley, Broccoli, Watermelon and Rye.

Free radicals are also present in the air as well as the food that we consume. Therefore, it is increasingly important for us to include antioxidants in our daily diet. Not only will it help to fight against aging, it can also greatly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Taking food rich in antioxidant goes a long way. Start to include them in your diet if you have not and you will still be able to flaunt your youthful look irregardless of your age!

-valerine