Why are antioxidants so hyped up and what makes them that good for you?
Yes antioxidants are an important element in a daily diet. Foods that are high in antioxidants include fruits such as berries, apples, legumes including red kidney beans and pinto beans and dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach and chard.
Antioxidants in these foods help eliminate free radical cells from our body. The body accumulates free radical cells from UV rays, atmospheric pollution, poor nutrition and stress. Free radical cells roam around our body and cause damage to healthy cells. How? Free radical cells are naturally very unstable and have the ability to attack our healthy cells to become more stable themselves but in the process make the cell that they stole from unstable. This process deteriorates our healthy cells UNLESS we consume a diet rich in antioxidants. Think of antioxidants as givers or tree huggers for that matter. They can give back to unstable cells without causing more damage. Essentially antioxidants can be in an unstable state and heal the free radical cells without damaging themselves. The more antioxidant foods consumed the less free radicals running around our bodies so go pick up some berries and let the tree hugger antioxidants do their job!