Antioxidants prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. Lily & Loaf can help supplement your diet to ensure you get the right amounts of these vital nutrients.
The importance of antioxidants
Antioxidants play an important role in keeping you healthy.
These essential substances, which come from both natural and artificial sources, help to prevent or slow the damage done to your cells by free radicals, the harmful waste products your body produces as it processes food and reacts to its environment.
If your body doesn’t process and remove free radicals efficiently, they can cause damage to your healthy cells, which can, in turn, lead to a host of long-term health implications including heart and respiratory disease, arthritis, stroke and immune deficiency.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are the molecules that neutralise harmful free radicals in your body. They can be found in many sources, including fresh fruit and vegetables, and other plant-based whole foods, along with green tea, dark chocolate and coffee beans. Several vitamins, including Vitamin C and Vitamin E, are effective antioxidants.
They protect your body against the cell damage, known as oxidative stress, that free radicals cause. The damage caused by oxidative stress has been linked to a wide range of chronic illnesses and it is thought that free radicals cause the changes in the cells that cause these conditions.
A regular intake of antioxidants can reduce your risk of developing them.
There are, however, some free radicals that play an important role within your body, so maintaining the right balance of antioxidants and ‘good’ free radicals can sometimes be tricky.
Natural sources of antioxidants
Most fruit and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, particularly berries, juicy citrus fruits and pomegranates. So-called super-foods, such as goji berries, kale and artichokes also have a high antioxidant content. Maintaining a healthy eating plan and following five-a-day guidelines will ensure you get a good mix of antioxidants through your diet.
The key here is variety. Because different fruits and vegetables contain different antioxidants, mixing things up and eating a range of differently coloured produce can help you get the right blend.
Keeping hydrated, meanwhile, will help ensure that your body can carry antioxidants to the cells that need them, for maximum benefit, while helping to flush away any waste.
However, if you’re concerned your diet might not be giving you the antioxidants you need, Lily & Loaf can help. Our range of natural supplements has been designed to complement your diet and help you make up any nutritional shortfalls.
Antiox-Immune (90 Capsules)
This premier formula for the immune system contains high levels of grapeseed extract, Vitamin C, zinc and lycopene, which are all renowned for their powerful antioxidant properties.