Wednesday, August 25, 2010


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Life is an oxidation process, and when the "rust" finishes its job, we pass away.
But there is hope, we just have to find our Dinitrol food, the elements that stops or even can reverse the oxidation process, these elements are called antioxidants.
Antioxidants are classified into two broad divisions, depending on whether they are soluble in water (hydrophilic) or in lipids (hydrophobic). In general, water-soluble antioxidants react with oxidants in the cell cytosol and the blood plasma, while lipid-soluble antioxidants protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation.
These compounds may be synthesized in the body or obtained from the diet.
Selenium and zinc are commonly referred to as antioxidant nutrients, but these chemical elements have no antioxidant action themselves and are instead required for the activity of some antioxidant enzymes. Not only enzymes can function as antioxidants, but also vitamins, bacteries, amino acids, etc...
Also here more is not always better, as an overdosis can lead to pro oxidant activities.
To give examples of some antioxidants:
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) you find in fruits and vegetables
Vitamin E (tocopherols, tocotrienols) in vegetable oils
Polyphenolic antioxidants (resveratrol, flavonoids) in green tea, soy, fruit (particularly in berries, the smaller and darker, the better), olive oil, cocoa, cinnamon, oregano and red wine, but more in the vine leaves than in the wine.
Carotenoids (lycopene, carotenes, lutein)in fruit and in vegetables.
As with most healing food, a balance is very important , and all antioxidants should be taken in their natural form.
Turmeric is a great antioxidant too, with a specific action on the liver.
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