Defeating Free Radicals the Smart and Delicious Way
(AAI Smoothie Healing and Optimizing)
Defeating free radicals can and should be done through proper alimentation. The theory that links the presence of free radicals in the body to an increase in life-threatening conditions and illnesses, including cancer, is gaining support in both medical and holistic healing circles. Free radicals are molecules taken in from the environment that lack an electron. This missing electron makes the free radical molecule unstable and prone to stealing electrons from others surrounding atoms. When ingested, free radicals steal electrons from the atoms of healthy cells. This process has been cited as a cause for premature aging and a host of other illnesses and diseases, again, including cancer. Defeating free radicals is the first step to optimizing your body and its organs’ functions.
This second chapter to our immune boosting smoothies series will help us understand how we can combat and beat free radicals. This knowledge will ensure maintaining the efficiency of our immune system, which in turn, assures us a better tomorrow.
Click here to read the initial portion of this immune boosting smoothie series where we discuss the immune system and its many components and possible issues.
One of the best ways of defeating free radicals is by consuming foods high in
antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. They do this by donating one of their own electrons to the free radical, so the free radical stops looking for an electron to steal. Antioxidants remain stable even after they give an electron to the free radical. Certain nutrients, like vitamin C and E, are particularly good at protecting the body against destructors of free radicals the best way to ensure you’re getting a sufficient intake of antioxidants is by eating a balanced diet consisting of at least 5 to 8 servings of fruits and vegetables every single day. A smoothie is the easiest way to do this and to help you with defeating free radicals.
- Top 20 anti-oxidant rich foods
|Rank||Food item||Serving size||Total antioxidants|
|1||Small Red Bean (dried)||Half cup||13,727|
|2||Wild blueberry||1 cup||13,427|
|3||Red kidney bean (dried)||Half cup||13,259|
|4||Pinto bean||Half cup||11,864|
|5||Blueberry (cultivated)||1 cup||9,019|
|6||Cranberry||1 cup (whole)||8,983|
|7||Artichoke (cooked)||1 cup (hearts)||7,904|
|12||Red Delicious apple||1 whole||5,900|
|13||Granny Smith apple||1 whole||5,381|
|15||Sweet cherry||1 cup||4,873|
|16||Black plum||1 whole||4,844|
|17||Russet potato (cooked)||1 whole||4,649|
|18||Black bean (dried)||Half cup||4,181|
|20||Gala apple||1 whole||3,903|
* These antioxidant status obtained from WebMD
This type of fungus actually grows on the back of caterpillars. Aside from that cringing fact, this fungus’s properties for stimulating health regeneration are unequivocal. It has the power to improve the immune system by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system. So, even though they may seem gross, you can see why these are excellent to include in our sources for defeating free radicals.
- Muscadine grapes
These grapes, in particular, are extremely beneficial at filling the body with antioxidants. Just 35 grapes are enough to give you 23% of your daily-recommended intake of antioxidants. This specific species of grape is also a particularly strong source of ellagic acid, which is known to be a massive contender in the fight against cancer.
Another very important factor to keep in mind is that stress creates free radicals. If you are overworking any aspect of your body, which includes your mind, the stress created invites the formation of free radicles. Excessive exercise or over-strenuous workouts also create oxidative damage, which intern reverts to the formation of more free radicals to damage healthy cells. If you’ve noticed that you’ve been working out harder trying to keep up with your physique, it may be a sign that your hormone levels are declining.
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