What Are The Benefits of Antioxidants For Your Skin?

 

Are The Benefits of Antioxidants Really True?

 

Basically, the short answer is yes – there are so many benefits of

antioxidants, that you seriously need to include them in your diet and

in your skincare products. 

 

The easiest way to explain about antioxidants is to start by saying that

antioxidants reverse the damage caused by free radicals. The

problem is – what are free radicals and why do they need fixing?

 

So before we look at the benefits of antioxidants,

let’s first take a look at free radicals, so we can understand the

benefits of antioxidants to your health.

 

What are free radicals?

 

Free radicles occur naturally in our body and are single oxygen atoms

that lack one outer electron. When two oxygen atoms combine to form

an oxygen molecule, they share one another’s outer electrons, giving

both atoms the right number of electrons. 

 

An oxygen molecule is therefore stable, but oxygen atoms that lack a

full load of electrons in their outer shell are unstable and they search

for other atoms or molecules with the goal of stealing an electron to

give thema full complement of electrons. This leaves the attacked

atom or molecule with one less electron, which in turn, makes it a

new free radical, which itself then hunts for another atom or molecule

from which it can steal an electron.

 

Unless this process is stopped, it continues to cacade – which can be

a problem, because too many free radicals can result in serious

medical conditions.

 

Some of these conditions include:

Diabetes

Degenerative diseases

 Central nervous diseases

Cancer 

Premature aging of your skin

 

Free radicals do play a positive role in your body however, because

they help to remove toxins and waste products from your body, as

well as fighting against viruses. It is when there are too many free

radicals that the problems start. 

 

What is an antioxidant?

 

This brings us back to antioxidants and why they are so important to

your health. As we just mentioned above, too many free radicals are a

problem, which is where antioxidants come into the picture.

 

Antioxidants combine with these free radicals, donating one of their

own electrons and making the free radical stable.

 

What’s really important and vital in this process is that the antioxidant

doesn’t become a free radical when it donates one of its electrons to

the free radical. Just as importantly, the free radical which now has

received an electron from the antioxidant, is no longer dangerous, but

is now stable. 

 

You can appreciate however, that if there are a lot of free radicals

present, your body needs an equal number of antioxidants to make

most of the free radicals stable (or the ones your body doesn’t want).

Normally, with a good diet and a healthy lifestyle this isn’t a problem

and you have sufficient antioxidants to stabilise the unwanted free

radicals.

 

A poor diet and lifestyle are the key factors (apart from genetics) that

can accelerate the number of free radicals in your body, resulting in

premature aging and other health issues mentioned above.

 

Some of these factors include: 

Smoking

Excessive alcohol consumption

Eating fried foods and refined carbohydrates

Air pollution

Excessives tress

Over exposure to UV rays

Insomnia

 

Do you need to eat more antioxidants?

 

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That’s a hard question to answer, because only you know your how

good or bad your diet and lifestyle reaally is and whether you need to

make serious changes. 

 

On the one hand, if you are eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables,

you most probably have a diet naturally high in antioxidants, but if you

smoke or spend an excessive time in the sun, your diet could most

probably do with a boost in antioxidants.

 

On the other hand and all things being equal, it unlikely to do any

harm if you improve your diet by increasing the amount of fresh fruit

and vegetables you eat, which increases your antioxidants and gives

your body a buffer to attack the unwanted free radicals.

 

Foods that are high in antioxidants include:

Goji berries

Blueberries

Dark chcolate

Pecans

Cran berries

Raspberries

Strawberries

Brocolli

 

What are superantioxidants?

 

Super antioxidants are a misnomer, because they don’t exist!

In fact, to our knowledge, there is no way of comparing one

antioxidant with another to know which ones are better than others at

disarming free radicals.

 

Of course, we understand the benefits of antioxidants, however whilst

there are foods that are very high in antioxidants compared to other

foods, there is no way to classify certain antioxidants as ‘super

antioxidants’. 

 

Foods high in antioxidants tend to be called ‘super foods’; it’s quite

likely that ‘super foods’ morphed into ‘super antioxidants’. So when

you see antioxidant supplements advertised as ‘super antioxidants’

this advertisement doesn’t mean that their antioxidants are ‘super’.

 

It’s fair to say that all brands will contain a different collection of

antioxidants and in different concentrations than other brands, but

whether one brand is better than another is subjective. 

 

If you feel that your diet doesn’t supply you with enough antioxidants

to reverse tha damage caused by free radicals – themselves a

result of your poor lifestyle, then you can include antioxidant

supplements in your diet.

 

Of course, ramping up your supply of natural antioxidants in your diet

and improving your lifestyle is the best solution!

 

 


 


 


 

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