Importance of Antioxidants [Infographic]

Free Radicals Explained and the Importance of Antioxidants
Infographic from SPACE.NK.apothecary
This is an excellent infographic that explains what free radicals are exactly, why they are dangerous, and how we can protect our health from free radical damage.

It is important to understand this topic and to take action because free radical damage in the body has been linked to a number of cancers, strokes, bone disease, scurvy and numerous other degenerative diseases.

It is thought that free radicals also play an indirect role in promoting weight gain and preventing weight loss.

The leading causes of free radicals are pollution, smoking, drugs, stress, UV light and environmental toxins.  But, notably, the #1 cause is processed food.

On the other hand, eating unprocessed, whole, natural plant foods that are rich in antioxidants is the best way to neutralize and eliminate free radicals.

Some of the best antioxidant-rich foods are the nutrient dense superfoods, including:

 Beans (Small Red Bean, Red Kidney Bean, Pinto Bean)
✿ Berries (Blueberries, Raspberries, Cranberries, Strawberries)
✿ Dark Leafy Greens (Kale, Watercress, Spinach)
✿ Apples (Red Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith)
✿ Sweet Potatoes
✿ Plums
✿ Cherries
✿ Artichokes
✿ Nuts (Pecans, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Almonds)
✿ Grapes (Purple, Red and Blue)
✿ Green Tea
✿ Red Wine (in moderation)
✿ Olive Oil (in moderation)

In summary, free radicals are a part of life but we have the power to control them through the lifestyle we lead and the daily choices we make.

Learning how to manage stress (yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques), avoiding and minimizing environmental toxins (buying organic, detoxing and using environment-friendly cleaning products), and eating a whole food, antioxidant rich, plant-based diet are some of the best ways to minimize the effects of free radicals.

Infographic source and for a large version please go to:  SPACE.NK.apothecary - Why are Antioxidants Important?

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