In today's world, we are just running a mechanical life. Nobody is thinking about their health and the environment. At the end of the day, health is very important to achieve our goals. In the previous blogs I had discussed about The fruits that prevent major health risks and Plants that can avoid health hazards. Today I'm discussing about the life savers inside our body, the antioxidants.
The human body is full of mysteries. Many chemical reactions and processes continuously take place inside the body. Our body contains both antioxidants and free radicals at all times. It can be compared to a battery with both positive and negative terminals. Our body contains both the cause and its cure. Some antioxidants are produced inside the body itself, while are obtained by eating high antioxidant foods that double as anti-inflammatory foods. Our body also produces free radicals as byproducts of cellular reactions. For example, the liver produces and uses free radicals to detoxify the body, while white blood cells send free radicals to destroy bacteria, viruses and damaged cells. So both antioxidants and free radicals are important for our body.
What is an Antioxidant?
An antioxidant is a substance that inhibits oxidation used to counteract the decrease of stored food products or removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in our body. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, leading to chain reactions that may damage cells. Antioxidants control the free radicals and prevent the cell damage.
When certain types of oxygen molecules enter the body, they cause oxidative damage, which in turn leads to the formation of free radicals. When the antioxidant level in the body is lower than that of free radicals, due to poor nutrition the cells get damaged. In order to prevent cell damage caused due to free radicals, antioxidants play a very important role. Hence we need to consume foods which are rich in antioxidants. Here are some of the fruits that are rich in antioxidants.
Orange is one of the common fruit that we come across everyday. This citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C. Oranges contain a good amount of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It helps in producing the water-soluble antioxidant in the body by avoiding free radicals and preventing damage to your cells. Vitamin C improves our immune system by preventing colds and ear infections. Oranges are low in calories and full of nutrients. They promote clear, healthy, skin and can help to lower our risk for many diseases as part of an overall healthy and varied diet. Orange juice is considered to be healthy due to their high content of antioxidants, which help to reduce harmful free radicals in our body.
Strawberries are one of the most loved types of fruit for their sweet taste and versatility in recipes- but they also have an impressive amount of health benefits. Most of the health benefits associated with strawberry nutrition are due to the presence of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Strawberries contain anti-aging flavonoid antioxidants called anthocyanin and catechin which are said to be capable of decreasing the risk for chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Strawberries are a high source of various antioxidants including uteolin, gallic acid, flavonols, quercetrin, and many others too. Strawberries contain two essential micronutrients which act as antioxidants in the body, vitamin A which is in the form of beta-carotene and vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid.
Mangoes are considered to be the king of fruits. Irrespective of age groups, everyone loves its characteristic taste and aroma. Apart from taste and aroma they also have some health benefits. They contain vitamins, minerals and enzymes to benefit the health. Mangoes are also a great high-fiber food and high-antioxidant food which can fight against free radicals. Mangoes also provide vital minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, and powerful antioxidants such as zeaxanthin, quercetin, astragalin and beta-carotene. They contain high amounts of pectin, a soluble fiber that can help naturally lower cholesterol levels in the blood. The mangoes contain enzymes for breaking down protein. So they help in digestion and elimination of the food. Mangoes are high in pectin, which not only helps in decreasing cholesterol levels in the blood but can also guard against prostate cancer. A compound within pectin combines with galectin 3, a protein that plays a strong part in fighting all stages of cancer. Mangoes are rich in beta-carotene, which also helps in improving the immune system. The extra beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A inside the body, and vitamin A can help you fight free radicals that can damage your body and health.