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Slow Down Signs of Aging with Antioxidants

 

Antioxidants And Their Role In Anti-aging         


Guest Post By Nicki Anderson



Although antioxidants have been around for a number of years, many people are unsure of the real benefits. You’ve likely purchased products that promote antioxidants. However, you may wonder if you’re actually getting any benefits at all? The truth is antioxidants offer numerous benefits and can easily be obtained through a healthy diet.


As you age, the repair process of cells slows down. This leaves you more susceptible to disease and illness. Antioxidants serve as protectors from free radicals by keeping cells healthy as antioxidants work to improve cell repair. The slower your cell repair, the more vulnerable you are to free radicals. Unfortunately, free radicals are found everywhere especially in pollution, chemicals, alcohol, unhealthy food and even the sun.

Antioxidant-Rich Foods Are Key
The secret to giving free radicals the one-two punch starts with a diet rich in antioxidants. They can be found in foods that are rich in Vitamins A, C, beta carotene, selenium and zinc. All of these help to increase your immunity thanks to more efficient cell repair. Antioxidants are what give fruits and vegetables their rich color. Think carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe.

Here are fruits and veggies highest in antioxidants:
  • berries
  • grapes
  • oranges
  • apricots
  • plums
  • grapefruits
  • peaches
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • sprouts
  • beets
  • red peppers
  • carrots
  • tomatoes

Next time you’re at the grocery store, seek out foods that are dark in color as they will have higher levels of antioxidants. 

Other Benefits of Antioxidants

  • Antioxidants work on a number of levels including relaxing your blood vessels and minimizing oxidation of the “bad” cholesterol.
  • Because antioxidants play a role in more efficient cell repair, you’ll increase your immunity thus reducing your risk of illness during flu season.
  • Antioxidants not only help you look younger but you’ll likely feel younger too! 
Add Antioxidants to Your Lifestyle
Here are some easy ways to increase antioxidants into your current lifestyle.
  1. Choose at least one dark-colored fruit and or vegetable at each meal such as, broccoli, beets, red peppers, berries, etc. Remember, the richer the color, the greater the antioxidant benefits.  
  2. Drinking three cups of black, green, or oolong tea per day can boost your healthy antioxidant intake. If you’re coffee drinker, just two cups of coffee per day adds a daily dose of antioxidants regardless if it’s caffeinated or caffeine free.
  3. Cheers! Drinking one glass of wine per day will also increase your antioxidant intake.
  4. Finding ways to increase antioxidants in your everyday life is pretty easy. Start by increasing more color in your diet. It’s the secret to staying healthy and disease free. The bonus? No one will ever guess your age! 
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Nicki Anderson owned and operated the award winning Reality Fitness, Inc. Personal Training studio.
Nicki has authored four health and motivational books including, Nicki Anderson's Single Step Weight Loss and 101 Ways to Motivate Your Clients and Increase Retention (Healthy Learning, 2009).
Nicki is the health and fitness columnist for Chicago Suburban Newspapers, Tribune Company/Naperville Magazine and contributor to numerous magazines and websites including, MSNBC.com, Forbes.com and FitnessMagazine.com, Real Simple, Prevention, Women’s Health and Women’s’ Running, Men’s Health and Fitness.  For more information about Nicki visit, www.nickianderson.com and connect with her on Google+ and Twitter

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