All about anti-oxidants
The lowdown on antioxidants
Well, naturally occurring antioxidants are everywhere – and they’re found in fruit, vegetables, fresh fruit juice, and fresh vegetable juice. Basically, antioxidants protect the cells in the body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are like the bad guys in your body – thought to trigger the initial phase of several diseases by damaging cells, which can be increased by things like junk food, stress and smoking. Naturally occurring antioxidants destroy free radicals, like the good guys, and therefore can reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease and some cancers.
Where you can find these good guys
- Catechins: black and green tea
- Lycopene: tomatoes, tomato products, watermelon and ruby grapefruit
- Flavonoids: apples, grapes, wine, tea and most fruit & vegetables in small amounts
- Ellagic acid: strawberries, raspberries and apples
- Anthocyanins: blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries and grapes
Antioxidants at work (they never have a sick day!)
Do you want some proof of how antioxidants work? Ever wanted to know how to stop bananas from going brown? Well, if you put lemon juice on a banana (or apple if you prefer) it will stop it going brown. Why? Because lemon juice contains Citamin C, an antioxidant which protects the banana from free radical damage caused by the oxygen in the air! Yep! Lock that in the memory bank for your next trivia night!