Antioxidants – nature’s brain guard ;-D

The world as we know it today is highly polluted, and new generations will have to be increasingly safeguarded against the harmful effects of the chemical age.

You can do this from the inside, with antioxidants, by offsetting free radicals which damage cells.  Oxidants are made every time glucose is ‘burnt up’ for energy inside the cell.  Free radicals can also damage the building blocks of the brain and nervous system, like fatty acids, proteins & phospholipids.  These oxidant compounds are not only created within the body from metabolic processes, they are also breathed into our bodies from car fumes (especially diesel) , cigarette smoke, and ingested through braai & fried foods, etc.  The most important anti-oxidant for protecting the brain against free radicals is Vitamin E.

IMPORTANT ANTI OXIDANTS

Beta Carotene – found in  carrots, sweet potatoes, dried apricots (soak first), squash & watercress.

Vitamin C – found in broccoli, peppers, kiwi fruit, berries, tomatoes & citrus fruits.

Vitamin E – found in seeds & cold pressed oils, wheat germ, nuts, beans , fish & avocados.

Selenium – found in oysters, Brazil nuts, seeds, molasses, tuna & mushroom.

Glutathione – found in tuna, pulses, nuts, seeds, garlic & onions.

Anthocyanidins – found in berries, cherries, red grapes, beetroot & prunes.

Lipoic Acid – found in potatoes, carrots, yams, beets, spinach & red meat.

Co-enzyme Q10 – found in nuts, seeds, sardines & mackerel.

Keep healthy during the festive season.

🙂

Stella K

 

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