Can antioxidants slow the aging process?

Sunday Mar 21, 2010

Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that are produced in the body.  They are important in several biological processes, but can damage cells when produced in excess.  Free radicals can increase with smoking, radiation, sun’s UV rays, and different pollutants.

The free radical theory of aging suggests that free radicals are the primary cause of aging; if this assumption is true, then reducing or controlling the formation of free radicals should reduce the progression of the aging process!

Antioxidants are nutrients that act to prevent the damage resulting from free radicals formation.  Some examples of antioxidants are; Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, Coenzyme Q10. Some other compounds that are found in food that has been attributed antioxidant and disease fighting properties are: Allylic Sulfides – found in garlic and onion; Bioflavonoids-found in tea, red wine, vegetables, and fruits; Limonoids – found in citrus fruits; and many more… Antioxidants are not produced by the body so to get the benefit of these power-packed substances you must ingest them.

Free radical damage can cause visible and invisible changes to our bodies.  The development of diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis and neurological deficiencies may begin to affect you as you age.  Also, thinner skin wrinkles and brittle bones are a problem.  Eating a variety of foods rich in antioxidants can slow down these effects.  No studies have reported prolonged life as a result of antioxidant supplementation though.

Some foods high in antioxidant are; beans, berries, kiwi, cranberries, pecans, spices, tea, and wine, and many more…

In conclusion; not smoking, avoiding the damaging UV rays of the sun, while exercising and eating a healthy antioxidant rich diet will make you look and feel younger!

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LillieNocumf:

Excellent learn, I simply passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on that.

January 17th, 2011 | 3:22 am
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