All about antioxidants

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You may already be supplementing your diet with antioxidant-rich foods like kale and blueberries but do you actually know what an antioxidant is, or have you always wondered, “What do antioxidants do?”

Antioxidants are compounds found in food that stop or delay damage to the cells. They are naturally found in many foods, especially plants. They help ward off cell damage by “cleaning up” or removing waste products in our cells, called free radicals, before they can do harm. “Antioxidants are released from the foods we eat through digestion and travel through the bloodstream and into cells,” where they do work on free radicals, Wright explains.

Free radicals is a general term used for compounds that are highly reactive, which means that they can attach and bind to and ultimately damage normal cells in the body. Free radicals can be caused by outside sources, such as smoking or toxins, but a lot of them come from normal metabolism in the body.

The body has built-in defenses to reduce the impact of free radicals, but it could use some help. That’s where antioxidants come in. These molecules bind to free radicals, potentially reducing harm to molecules such as DNA. Once bound to antioxidants, free radicals are no longer free to bind with—and potentially damage—parts of your cells.

Antioxidants come in many different shapes and sizes, but the quality they all share is that they are able to neutralize free radicals, preventing them from damaging the body. Antioxidants include vitamins like E and C — that prevent or slow oxidative damage throughout the body.

There are numerous different antioxidants that benefit our health, including polyphenols from berries, carotenoids from sweet potatoes, resveratrol from grapes, and more. Oftentimes, the most colorful foods have the most potent antioxidants.

Another source of free radicals is through hydrogen rich drinking water.

Hydrogen water is a strong antioxidant with high reduction potential to 
neutralize and prevent the harmful oxidative effects of free radicals.

Hydrogen water protects from formation of free radicals by giving them electrons. Free radicals starve for electrons. If their hunger for electrons is not satisfied, they turn against the human cells causing damages to cells, impairing the immune system, leading to infections and various degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc.

Hydrogen penetrates easily through cell membranes, since it is the smallest and lightest element. It can reach all organs within minutes and provides a high concentration of electrons with a tendency to donate those electrons to neutralize the harmful free radicals therefore, protecting the body.

So eat your leafy green vegetables and us about our full range of H2 ionizers to suit all needs and budgets. Clean filtered water with ‘on tap’ antioxidant negative ions are in every glass.

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Julia Abelsohn

Julia Abelsohn is a writer, editor and clinical aromatherapist. She has been sharing her expertise and passion for health and wellness for over 25 years. When not at her desk she can be found exploring the many trails and green spaces near her home in Edmonton, Alberta.

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