Antioxidants are recognized as the saviors of cells regardless of their age. Antioxidants are chemicals that neutralize other dangerous chemicals, the oxygen free radicals that attack and destroy our bodies cells. Free radicals make it hard for your cells to function properly and prevent diseases.
We can’t stop the appearance of free radicals in our bodies. They are generated by normal chemical reactions that take place in our bodies. But we can fight against them by using a very powerful weapon: eating healthy. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants slow down the aging process and are good for your brain but not only. Your whole body will benefit and you will feel much better. Modern medicine consider antioxidants more important every year. Scientist have recently devised a system to measure the antioxidant capacity of the diverse foods. It is known as the Oxygen radical absorbency capacity or ORAC. At the end of this article you can find the top 10 antioxidant aliments.
For the perfect antioxidant tea, let a black tea bag to infuse in a cup of boiled water for 5 to 10 minutes
An aliment that enters the list of foods that should be eaten is chocolate. It is said that the phenols contained in its composition are stronger even than the ones found in red wine, sometimes twice as powerful. And the best delicious antioxidant combo is dark chocolate with red wine.
But even if you make sure that your diet contains lots of antioxidants you should also make sure you don’t consume to many calories. A brain that is feed with large quantities of calories ages and gets deteriorated faster. Why so? Because to metabolize the calories your body has to burn oxygen and the process generates free radicals. So the more calories you consume the more free radicals that deteriorate your cells are created.
Top 10 antioxidant foods
- -dried plums;
- -black currants;
- -raw spinach;
- -dark chocolate.
It has been proven scientifically that spinach, blueberries and strawberries are miracle workers for the brain. Generally the darker colored a fruit is the more antioxidant it is. When it comes to beverages green and black teas rule. Also red wine is good in moderation of course.
In conclusion eat dark colored fruits, drink black and green tea, red wine and dark chocolate and your brain will function at full throttle. Antioxidants are good for a healthy brain.
For more information on antioxidants read the Antioxidants and their benefits for a healthy life article
April 23, 2009
Diets & Nutrition