Sunday, November 26, 2006

The War On Free Radicals

Fighting The War On Free Radicals
By Steven Johnson

Green Tea LeavesBroadly speaking, the word antioxidant is used to mean a substance which helps to control oxidation rate in a reaction. This is an important phenomenon from the point of view of both chemistry as well as biology.

In biology the group of organic substances consisting of vitamins A, C and E fall under this category apart from several other substances. Inside the living cells there is a presence of free radicals which are the by-products of various natural biological processes. These free radicals consist of oxygen molecules which have the affinity to become oxidised. This oxidation process can lead to the development of cancer in those cells. Therefore the antioxidants help to neutralise those free radicals through chemical reactions which act as cleaning agents inside the human body.

The importance of antioxidants from the human health point of view cannot be overemphasised. There are two ways people can increase their antioxidant protection. Eating food high in antioxidants or by consuming the proper antioxidant supplements. The natural way to consume antioxidants involves eating sufficient quantities of fruits, vegetables and wholegrain foods such as carrot, spinach, sweet potato, mangoes and oranges to name a few.

Caffeinated coffee is also supposed to be a good source of antioxidants as compared to decaffeinated coffee; but care should be exercised in consuming too much caffeinated coffee as that also could have the potential to cause harm (which would ultimately defeat the very purpose of taking it for health reasons).

Green tea is also said to be a sufficient source of antioxidants as compared to black tea. If your preferred beverage is tea, try switching to green tea for its antioxidant benefits.

As with any viewpoint on the planet, there are those for and those against reinforcing one's state of health through nutritional supplements. Talking from a more general perspective, the best bet for anybody is to enhance one's natural diet with natural foods and supplement as needed. A balance of minerals, vitamins, proteins and so forth is always necessary. Increase your exercise and strive for a serene and calm mind. Your mind and body both play key roles in keeping you healthy.

About the Author
Steven Johnson is interested in maintaining a vital, active, and healthy lifestyle. For information and products on antioxidants and other life enhancing nutritional products please visit his Alternative Health Supplements website.

Picture: Green tea leaves steeping in an uncovered zhong (type of tea cup).

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