Antioxidants: an army of little helpers

Yes, antioxidants serve as bodyguards
to protect you against any harm from outside.

Who wouldn’t want a personal bodyguard? Someone who protects you against evil from outside so you can dedicate all your time to….well, maybe to nothing. Who cares, you decide!

If I could sign up for someone who would watch my back and who would take care of at least some of my worries, you would probably hear me shouting “where do I sign”?

Please be seated before reading the next sentence…….

What if I told you, you can get not one but a whole army of bodyguards without taking out your credit card to plunge yourself into large debts?

These little helpers have made it their mission to terminate or at least slow down the process of destruction taking place in your body.

Destruction?
Of my body?

Well, nothing to worry about too much but a process in our body is taking place right as we “read”.

The process of self-destruction

Our whole body needs a continuous supply of oxygen. The cells in our body use this oxygen with the drawback that after using this they send off molecules that lack an electron (called “free radicals”).

These incomplete molecules then search for other, still healthy, cells to “steal” the missing electron.

Now the healthy cells have become incomplete and send off defective molecules in their search of the popular electron.

In short: It’s a jungle out there (or in here)!

As this cycle continues, more and more cells become defective or die which can lead to various health issues, body aging and ultimately destruction.

We must take our stand and fight this self-destruction of the body. Here is where the helpers come in. This army of friends helps to terminate or at least slow down this vicious circle.

Different types

antioxidantsThere are various types of these helpers, among which there are some quite familiar ones such as:

  • beta-carotene (found in carrots)
  • vitamin C (eg., found in oranges or broccoli)
  • vitamin A (for example found in peaches)
  • vitamin E (whole grains or nuts)
  • melatonin
  • selenium (fish or garlic)
  • coenzyme Q10, and
  • creatine.

They are either lipid soluble (such as vitamin E) or water soluble (such as vitamin C).

One category particularly interesting to us are the naturally occurring plant substances, such as lycopene which can be found in tomatoes and flavonoids, found in ginkgo biloba and black tea.

This is where GREEN TEA comes in…(finally!)

The tea plant Camellia sinensis contains antioxidants (polyphenols), of which the most important group are called catechins. Within this group, the one with the most assigned health benefits is EGCG. Read more on the other green tea antioxidants.

Health benefits

Antioxidants are said to have various health benefits.

They are often used as medication to treat various forms of brain injury and research is being done to see whether they can help in treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and as a way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

Up to now, clinical trials have shown mixed results. This could originate back to the research methods though. Testing the least beneficial type of antioxidant for a specific disease for example, or providing a suboptimal dose of the substance.

Also, the catechins found in tea may inhibit the growth of cancer. Read about green tea and cancer here.

Since green tea contains far more catechins than black tea or oolong tea, its effects are significant; probably because it’s substantially less processed than black tea. Read more on the differences in processing by going to what is green tea.

If you want to know more about vitamins in general or you are interested in vitamin supplements I recommend you check out the Vitamins Supplements Health Benefits website.

Antioxidant Foods – Find out the best anti aging foods and supplements that help you slow down aging.


The BATTLE between black tea vs green tea!

Go to BENEFITS of green tea.

Even green tea has SIDE EFFECTS.

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Source
Delanty N, Dichter M.A.: Antioxidant Therapy in Neurologic Disease. Arch Neurol, Sep 2000; 57: 1265 – 1270.

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