Why Antioxidants are so Important

The Aroniaberry has 4 times more antioxidants than blueberries.

Aroniaberries are known for their antioxidant power. They have four times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries. But why is this so important?

Antioxidants keep our bodies from “rusting.” Quite literally.  Every second we breathe in oxygen oxidation occurs. During this process, our bodies have a tendency to convert a small amount of the oxygen into free radicals. Some of these unstable molecules are needed to ward off disease.  But when they occur in excess, cell damage can occur and the disease process can begin. Free radical formation can increase when we breathe in air that is polluted and can be accelerated by stress, smoking, drinking alcohol and sun exposure.

Free radicals are atoms that contain an odd number of electrons. They can react with cell and DNA causing poor cell function or even cell death.  Free radicals can also trap a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in artery walls causing plaque to form. Free radical damage may lead to early stages of cancer and heart disease  and is also linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cataracts, diabetes, kidney disease, and age-related blindness.

A variety of antioxidants provided by different foods are needed on a daily basis to fight the destructive free radicals before the damage occurs.  The recommended amounts of protective antioxidants is between five and nine servings of fruits and vegetables representing all the colors of the rainbow every day.  To learn more watch this video.

Read more:   Antioxidants Explained: Why These Compounds Are So Important

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