Anti-oxidants are substances (like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and alpha-tocopherol) that inhibit oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen and peroxides. Antioxidants should be consumed daily to keep the body strong and healthy. They can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Common antioxidants include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta-carotene, flavonoids and polyphenols. Some foods that are rich in antioxidants include: Berries, Artichokes, Red Grapes and Red Wine, Beans, Carrots, Apples, Potatoes and Dark Chocolate.
Antioxidants help protect the body from disease and also help slow down the aging process. They fight free radicals that harm cells in the body. Low antioxidant levels result in oxidative stress, making the body susceptible to many illnesses including heart disease and cancer.
Many of the physical effects of aging are the result of free radicals that affect the skin, blood vessels and the brain. Increasing your anti-oxidant levels can help slow down the aging process.
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