ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY: Just what are antioxidants?
They are nutrients that help to protect your cells (body’s constituents) against oxidative stress from free radical damage. The free radicals are highly-reactive oxygen molecules in your cells created as a byproduct of your body metabolism – breaking down of food products.
From research finding, an excess of free radicals is considered to be the primary cause of many health problems associated with aging. The benefits of antioxidants, thus, include powerful protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.
The working of antioxidants is such that each one has its own specific characteristics and benefits. One antioxidant may work in places in the body where another one cannot go, and it may neutralize free radicals that other antioxidants miss. Therefore, getting the widest variety of antioxidants is just as critical as how much of any antioxidant you get.
Adding more herbs and spices to your diet greatly increases the variety of antioxidants and is one of the most effective measures you can take against disease and premature aging.
Equally important, research finding indicates, also, that a few spicy meals a week will not get you much of the antioxidant benefits of spices. You must consume larger quantities on a daily basis!
The Chief Chemist/Managing Director
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