Inside your body, an army of antioxidants is protecting you from the forces of aging and disease, for example cancer and heart disease, safeguard memory, reduce the risk of degenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, protect joints, soothe pain, reduce muscle soreness and fatigue, avert blindness caused by macular degeneration and cataracts, and even ward off wrinkles.
WHEN RADICALS ATTACK
We are constantly being bombarded by negative elements -- from pollution to chemicals to UV rays that damage your cells. Even your own body produces stress hormones and toxic chemical reactions. These toxins weaken the molecules in your cells, causing them to lose an electron -- a unit in the cell that carries electrical charges and allows your cells to work together. These electron-deprived molecules, called free radicals, or oxidants, try to make up for their inadequacy by stealing electrons from other molecules; this damages, or oxidizes, those cells and turns them into electron-swiping free radicals too.
You can find them in the foods you love -- not just fruits and veggies but in wine, chocolate, and even beef. Antioxidants stop the oxidative damage by replacing a molecule's kidnapped electron without damaging other molecules; this disarms free radicals and turns them back into law-abiding members of cellular society.
Examples of antioxidants:
Food sources: Brazil nuts , snapper , and shrimp
Food sources: wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, almonds, peanut butter, hazelnuts
Food sources: fruits and vegetables
Food sources: carrot, tomato, pumpkin, papaya, brocolli, sweet potato
Food sources: broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, watercress, cabbage
Food sources: All berries, black tea, dark chocolate, green tea, onion, apple
Food sources: lean beef, chicken breast, fish, poultry