Antioxidants: Facts And Myths

Along with the growth of interest in their own health a growing interest in antioxidants. However, the main feature of any word of mouth is the ability of all the “little” exaggerated. That’s the topic of antioxidants has brought a bountiful harvest fictions and myths, in which we try to understand.

But first, a little bit of real information about the action of free radicals and antioxidants. The fact that oxygen enters into the body in the process of respiration, blood flow is delivered to every cell and is used in oxidation reactions, we have learned more in school biology lessons. But that as byproducts can form free radicals, it was not known since a long time.

The so-called free radicals molecules are that lack of an electron in the outer electron level. The absence of such a molecule electron attaches high aggressiveness, it is indifferent, and where will the missing electron. As a result of the bombardment of a large number of free radicals are destroyed protein molecules, enzymes, DNA molecule. Victims can anything. Triggers a chain reaction: any molecule that donates electrons to complete the outer level of free radicals, in turn, becomes a free radical.

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Antioxidants – are specific substances that are not only easy to neutralize free radicals and thus not themselves become aggressive. Antioxidants are synthesized by the body (hormones, enzymes) and fed with food (vitamins, minerals, flavonoids). Now about inventions.

Myth 1: In food is low in antioxidants.

Of course, if you eat junk food, it will be the truth. The sources of antioxidants are raw fruits, berries, and tea.

Myth 2: Supplements are the best source of antioxidants.

With proper nutrition and observance of a healthy lifestyle is no need for additional reception of dietary supplements does not arise.

Myth 3: Synthetic antioxidants are a good substitute for natural.

Unfortunately, human skills today are as far away from the art of the creator, as well as thousands of years ago. All of our laboratory experiments and the best invention are only dead likes magic elixirs living that treat us to nature.

Myth 4: Antioxidants rejuvenate

Only proved protective (a protective) action of these amazing substances. But the payback time is unable to none, so take care of your own health and skin condition should start with early childhood.

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Myth 5: Antioxidants found only in fruits and vegetables

And even in the whole grain flour, and legumes and nuts, seeds, and in red wine, even in the lean meat, milk, fresh eggs.

Myth 6: Buy necessary products enriched with antioxidants

The inscription on the label assures the buyer that the product contains antioxidants, is not always true, but rather is just a publicity stunt. Instead of having to read everything that is written in large print, try to carefully deal with the composition of printed featureless small shaped as letters.

Myth 7: Free radicals – the absolute enemy

This is also not true. Our body is designed so thin that virtually all able to be used with advantage, for example, free radicals helps to defend against foreign microorganisms, acting as one of the links in a complex immune system. Question about the dangers of rises sharply when free radicals become too much.

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