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What do antioxidants do?

What do antioxidants do?

Free radicals: Antioxidants help to prevent cell damage from free radicals.

Antioxidant (Definition)

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against oxidation, especially oxidation by molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamins a, c, e, as well as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and selenium, are common antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits, ...Read more


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Are there any antioxidants in seeds?

Are there any antioxidants in seeds?

Yes...: Muscadine grape seeds; sesame seeds, are potent sources of anti-oxidants. Ask your doctor(or the local health food store) for more information.

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What is the best single antioxidant?

Vitamin C: This is not a simple question. All the vitamins work as a complex team and they all play a part in the normal consumption of oxygen. Google my blog "oxygen, the spark of life". There is a post on the use of supplementary vitamins.

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What do antioxidants protect you from?

What do antioxidants protect you from?

A heart attack: Antioxidants mainly reduce your chances of suffering from a heart attack. They mainly prevent the generation of oxygen free radicals which are involved in atherosclerosis ( the process by which the blood vessels are blocked leading to a heart attack).

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Where do we find the most antioxidants?

Anti-oxidants: Most anti-oxidants that we eat are found in densely colored foods such as: fruits, berries, vegetables , and some spices.

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What are some foods rich in antioxidants?

What are some foods rich in antioxidants?

Many!: Berries, fruits, and vegetables are among the best sources for antioxidants. Some excellent choices include: blueberries, cranberries, apples, pears, spinach, potatoes (with peel), broccoli, kidney beans, walnuts, green tea, etc. The mayo clinic answers this question and provides a more expansive list at the following link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/medical-edge-newspaper-2009/jun-05b.Html.

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What are the food sources of antioxidants?

Anti-oxidants: Major anti-oxidants are found in densely colored fruits, berries and vegetables eating mainly in the raw state. Also found in whole grains and nuts.

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Does your body excrete excess antioxidants?

ANTIOXIDANTS: There are several hundred known antioxidant foods and supplements, they all have their of way of being metabolized and excreted. Some from the liver, some from the kidneys etc.

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What do antioxidants really do for the body?

Attack free radicals: Antioxidants in pills and added to food are increasingly being deemed potentially harmful because of their ability to overwhelm our immune system and neutralize certain helpful free radicals. Get your antioxidants from natural food like fruits and vegetables and there are no such concerns. See http://mdprevent.Blogspot.Com/2013/01/the-case-against-antioxidants.Html?M=1.

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Wanted to know if antioxidants reverse aging?

Wanted to know if antioxidants reverse aging?

Of course not: Antioxidants won't even slow it. The truth is that our bodies are programmed to wear out and slowing this will be trickier than the next advances against cancer. Specific antioxidants have a few narrow uses, but overall, the utter failure of administering antioxidants to slow aging or successfully treat any common illness is one of the greatest disappointments of medical science in recent years.

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Can you have too many antioxidants in one day?

Can you have too many antioxidants in one day?

Yes: Some antioxidants are water soluble and will just leave the body through the urine however some are fat soluble and too much of these can be harmful. Too much vitamin c and magnesium can cause loose bowels but are not dangerous unless you keep taking them and become dehydrated.

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Help please! is antioxidant good for your body?

Help please! is antioxidant good for your body?

Not in pills: Antioxidants in pills and added to food are increasingly being deemed potentially harmful because of their ability to overwhelm our immune system and neutralize certain helpful free radicals. Get your antioxidants from natural food like fruits and vegetables and there are no such concerns. See http://mdprevent.Blogspot.Com/2013/01/the-case-against-antioxidants.Html?M=1.

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What are some organic drinks with antioxidants?

What are some organic drinks with antioxidants?

Kombucha: Consider kombucha. It is an effervescent fermented beverage made of cultures of bacteria and yeast. It is very healthy. But keep serving size small if you have blood sugar problems.

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What are some advantages to taking antioxidants?

What are some advantages to taking antioxidants?

Binding free radical: Free radicals are thought to be like chemical monsters and combine with other chemicals that can attack the body and cause cancer and heart disease. The thinking is to get rid of the free radicals to reduce disease before it happens.

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Which types of foods are highest in antioxidants?

Best veggies & fruit: Gogi berries, pomegranates, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, prunes, raisins, raspberries, plums, cherries, red grapes, oranges, kale, alfalfa sprouts, brussel sprouts, spinach, red bell peppers, onions, beets, broccoli flowers, & eggplant are all rich in antioxidants.

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How much blueberry's per day is good antioxidant?

2-3 cups per day: Research studies have proven benefit of eating the juice of 3/4 pound of blueberries a day for 12 weeks. 3 cups of fruit a day is recommended, though you can also include other anti-oxidant rich fruits like raspberries, blackberries, cherries and grapes. Even more fruit might help, though wise to choose less-sweet fruits like those mentioned. See http://tinyurl.com/ktfla for more on blueberries.

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What are free radicals and antioxidants good for?

Free radical = bad: Free radicals = bad. Antioxidants = good. Free radicals are unstable molecules which can damage cells and lead to cancer. Antioxidants protect cells for the free radicals.

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Please tell me what foods are high in antioxidants?

Here are some: Gogi berries, pomegranates, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, prunes, raisins, raspberries, plums, cherries, red grapes, oranges, kale, alfalfa sprouts, brussel sprouts, spinach, red bell peppers, onions, beets, broccoli flowers, & eggplant are all rich in antioxidants.

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What exactly the antioxidants do?! thanks in advance;)

What exactly the antioxidants do?! thanks in advance;)

Antioxidants: Antioxidants contained in many colorful vegetables counter act free radicals in the body that can lead to various illnesses including cancer. Consult tufts university nutrition letter for expert knowledge in this area.

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