Do you want delightfully smooth skin and the toxins in your body removed? One word: antioxidants.
Antioxidants are the unsung heroes of the body. They’re constantly working to keep us healthy despite the toxins that we take in on a daily basis. Antioxidants are probably one of the best-kept secrets that everyone knows about. Mostly, because everyone knows that they’re great for your body, but they don’t exactly know why. They aren’t to blame. Frankly, the whole thing is a bit confusing.
No worries though, we’ve explained it below. There’s a lot of science behind antioxidants and their work in the body.
In the most basic form, an antioxidant is a molecule that acts contrary to a prooxidant. The body produces millions of chemical reactions on a daily basis. In turn, these chemical reactions produce substances called radicals, also called free radicals and nonradicals, that are categorized as prooxidants.
Okay, so there are prooxidants and antioxidants? Why?
The body maintains a ratio of prooxidants and antioxidants, with the purpose of ensuring that the prooxidant population remains in check. Some liken prooxidants to toxins, as they can destroy cells and wreak havoc on the body. Without getting too technical, prooxidants are molecules with an extra valence electron who are looking to steal an electron from other cells, which can destroy them. So, really they’re just like little kids who don’t know how to share.
Antioxidants work in two different ways, they are either chain breakers that stop the process of oxidation or they act as preventives to avoid oxidation from even taking place. Either way, they end the process of oxidation and repair damaged cells.
You can think of antioxidants as the teacher stepping in to make sure that the non-sharing kid is sent into time-out. Well, except time-out is destruction and ejection… so maybe not the best metaphor. Either way, understand antioxidants as the things that make sure our bodies can fight off the negative effects of pro-oxidants.
Antioxidants & Beauty
Antioxidants have been known to enhance the characteristics of physical beauty in many ways. Which is why you can find so many products labeled as antioxidant rich in the beauty aisle. Some of the benefits of consuming a diet rich in antioxidants are:
• Smooth and bright skin with an even complexion
• They combat the effects of age on the elasticity of the skin, meaning they reduce the occurrence and appearance of wrinkles.
• Inflammation reduction. Inflammation causes swelling and redness.
• The reduction of scarring.
• The revitalization of sunburned skin.
Antioxidants and Diet
If you’re interested in any of the positive effects of antioxidants, you may need to make some diet changes. Foods that are rich in antioxidants include green tea, red cabbage, blackberries, blueberries, kiwi, cherries, potatoes, pomegranate, strawberries, plum, raspberries, soybeans, black beans, walnuts, corn, and oats. Wondering how it all ties together?
• Polyphenol in green tea promotes anti-inflammation by enhancing blood circulation and cell metabolism. They also hasten the healing process of wounds.
• The retinol in vitamin A is responsible for the anti-aging process as it makes the skin firmer and removes wrinkles.
• Ascorbic acid in vitamin C enhances the production of collagen which makes uneven skin smooth and also tightens lines on the skin.
• Coenzyme Q10 promotes the growth of new cells in the skin and shields them from skin cancer.
The benefits of antioxidants speak for themselves. They help to rid the body of toxins and keep the harm caused by prooxidants to a minimum. The best part? Antioxidants are easy to include in your diet, small changes can have major results.
Try it for yourself and let us know how antioxidants have improved your health!