Antioxidants are beneficial to our health, as you surely already know.
Even so, it’s remarkable to see how antioxidants can effect our health so broadly and strongly.
Here are the top 5 ways antioxidants help us live a healthier life:
#1 Important role in managing diabetes
Given that Indians have a hereditary propensity to type-II diabetes, antioxidants’ enormous potential to prevent and treat diabetes is wonderful news for all of us.
Due to excessive blood sugar and other metabolic difficulties, diabetes is frequently associated with an increasing generation of free radicals or inadequate antioxidant responses, which leads to a slew of disorders affecting the blood vessels, kidneys and skin.
Proanthrocyanidins are phytonutrients found in grape seeds that have a strong antioxidant capacity. To put into perspective it is believed to be 20 times more powerful than vitamin E and 50 times more powerful than vitamin C! Proanthrocyanidins are thought to be extremely useful to diabetics.
Grape seed antioxidants function by allowing cells that have been resistant to insulin to begin utilising the gluose in our blood. They also help to lower blood glucose levels by reducing glucose synthesis in the liver and improving the lipid profile of the blood.
#2 Painful joints are no longer a problem
Anyone who has ever had joint discomfort understands how difficult is the situation.
This occurs when the immune system attacks both sick and healthy tissue as a result of chronic inflammation caused by free radical damage. As a result, tissue layers, including cartilage layers, tend to degrade over time.
Free radicals target even the cells that normally heal these issues, causing them to malfunction. Our joints become tight and create pain while doing movements or lifting weight. ‘Arthritis’ is the advanced stage of this illness.
Curcumin, a yellow chemical found in turmeric, has also been shown to be particularly helpful at soothing painful joints, which makes sense given its potent antioxidant effects.
#3 Heart health friendly
It’s never too early to start caring for your heart. Because obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other risk factors are becoming more frequent at a younger age, even young and middle-aged persons can develop cardiac problems.
Free radicals can interact with “bad” cholesterol, LDL, causing it to oxidise and become more reactive. The oxidised LDL destroys the blood vessel’s protecting inner layer, causing inflammation.
The collection of immune cells and other blood particles near the site of damage is caused by constant inflammation caused by oxidised LDL and excess free radicals. The build-up narrows blood arteries until they are completely blocked, resulting in heart disease and stroke.
Antioxidants can counteract surplus free radicals and oxidised LDL, avoiding the build-up or decreasing the advancement of the blockage if it already exists.
#4 Improve your skin health
Collagen, a protein that keeps our skin moisturised, smooth, and firm, is the fundamental component of the network that gives it its structure.
Our bodies produce free radicals, but they also have their own antioxidant system that neutralises them and protects us from harm.
However, when pollution, UV radiation from the sun, smoking, and other detrimental elements also produce free radicals in our bodies, these natural antioxidants are unable to cope with the high levels.
Free radicals destroy the skin’s structure and cells, causing premature ageing, wrinkles, loose skin, pigmentation, dullness, and a variety of other skin problems.
Consuming meals high in vitamins C and E will assist restore the body’s natural reserve of antioxidants while also protecting our skin.
Carotenoids, the pigments that give red-orange and some green plants their colour, are also potent antioxidants in their own right.
Lycopene, a carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red colour, stands out because of its ability to hook up against the skin’s layer and neutralise free radicals produced by UV radiation, allowing the skin’s remaining antioxidants to combat other damage. Carotenoids offer the added benefit of making your skin look more radiant.
#5 Essential for liver health
The liver is the body’s main detoxification organ and is also involved in metabolism.
Because our liver metabolises a variety of chemicals, some of which produce free radicals, antioxidants are very vital for keeping it healthy. As a result, when there aren’t enough antioxidants in the body, liver disease develops. Several antioxidants have been utilised to treat liver illnesses all around the world, including those found in green tea, coffee, grapes, tomatoes, and citrus fruits.
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