Leanda Talks about Antioxidants
Leanda Weynton N.D M.D
Naturopath, Nutritionist & medical Herbalist
What is an antioxidant?
Antioxidants occur naturally in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, wine, and chocolate. While there are thousands of antioxidant
compounds out there flavanols (found in chocolate), resveratrol (found in grapes), and lycopene (found in tomatoes). Other popular antioxidants
include vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, E, and catechins.
Antioxidants help prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants. (Get it? Antioxidants.)
“Oxidants are free radicals ( or nasty substances ) that you find in the environment, but they're also produced naturally in your body due to
internal environment coming from medication, drugs, alcohol, unhealthy eating habits, and external factors like pollution, chemicals, air pollution,
cigarette smoke ect…..
Your body creates them to help fend off viruses and microbes, but if you have too many oxidants, they can cause serious damage and contribute to
certain cancers and heart disease.
So where can you get them in your food
Think : Purple, Red, Blue, Orange and Green produce
Sweet potato, berries, blueberries, gogi berries, eggplant, carrot, green leafy vegetables, green tea Just to name a few………………………
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These foods can protect your cells by…..
• Helping to reduce free radical damage in the body due to diet and environmental pollutants
• Provides antioxidants for the maintenance of good health
• Aids in maintaining or improving general wellbeing