Updated: Mar 17, 2018
Scientists have proven that a diet rich in antioxidant nutrients can prolong life. In lab experiments when mice were fed a diet high in antioxidant nutrients they lived 40% longer.
Slowing down the ageing process is therefore no longer a mystery and you can easily change how you look and feel by making better food choices. It has also been proven that antioxidant deficiency is linked to many common health conditions including:
If you didn't already know, antioxidants are the body's natural defence against harmful free radicals. Free radicals are unstable toxins that can damage our cells. Though free radicals are made in all combustion processes including: breathing, moving and digesting food, we are also exposed to them in dangerous amounts from pesticides, pollution, prolonged stress etc. This means that our body's natural ability to cope is overloaded and makes us susceptible to diseases and accelerated ageing. We therefore need to do our best to boost our body's natural defence to counteract the damage and balance things out.
Antioxidants and cancer
It's been proven that there is a link between antioxidants and cancer. Antioxidants talk to our genes, altering genetic expression. The compounds in antioxidants can silence oncogenes (cancer causing genes). Equally free radicals can wreak havoc in our bodies and can cause degenerative diseases including heart disease and cancer. Striking a balance between our intake of antioxidants and our exposure to free radicals is therefore incredibly important.
Facts you should know:
Low level vitamin A doubles the risk of lung cancer
The right levels of vitamin E and C halves the risk of heart attack
A diet rich in beta carotene halves the risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Taking 1000mg vitamin C reduces blood pressure
There are 4 antioxidants that are essential for survival:
There are 3 antioxidants that are not essential but important in helping our body's natural defences fight free radical cell damage:
What is the optimum antioxidant formula?
Ideally we need a combination of:
5 common foods to boost your antioxidant levels:
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I'll cover more about antioxidant rich foods in future posts, but to get started you could grab a bag of spinach and try out one of the green smoothie recipes on the site. It will take around a minute to prepare, so it's a great place to start your journey to looking younger and feeling great!
I try to make a green smoothie every day as the nutrients in the raw spinach are higher compared to if eaten boiled or even steamed.
The antioxidant value of spinach, raw described in ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units is: 1,513 μ mol TE/100g. There are tons of recipes out there, so have some fun!
How to make my soothing manuka honey, banana & spinach smoothie: