All that chronic diseases, disease states, stress and exposure to radiation cause in our body the formation of free radicals so to speak – products of incomplete reduction of oxygen. If the body is an overabundance of free radicals, they lead to lipid peroxidation, disrupting their function. But the result of this – premature aging, frequent illness, and sometimes the formation of malignant tumors.
But our Mother Nature as always bothered about us and has provided for us a system of antioxidant protection, which is divided into two groups:
- Primary: antioxidants, enzymes;
- Secondary: antioxidants, vitamins.
Primary protection is a “cleaner” collecting reactive oxygen species, and then turning them into less aggressive radicals and hydrogen peroxide, and then laying them on the useful oxygen and water.
Secondary protection – a “firemen” who “extinguish” the aggressive radicals, thus inhibiting the development of formation reactions in the body of new radicals and taking excess energy.
- Vitamins A, C, P, K, E;
- Bioflavonoids – Ascorutinum, kvertetsin, rutin, citrine;
- Sulfur-containing amino acids;
- Alcohol microdozes;
- Trace elements – selenium, zinc, manganese, copper and iron.
We antioxidant protection works at birth and gradually throughout life weakens with age. That is why it is necessary for us to maintain our outside defense system.
Interest in antioxidants today again called “discovery” of the impact of antioxidants in the 80s of the 20th century in the West, which has stimulated a wave of various studies on the subject, which was picked up immediately merchants. Many in the pursuit of “trendy” food additives and drugs, unfortunately, have forgotten that antioxidants are not a panacea, but only a very thin regulatory tool. The effectiveness of antioxidants depends on the dose, although this does not mean at all, that the more we take antioxidants, the faster and better will be the result. Quite the contrary – the antioxidants in large numbers begin to act in a completely different direction, accelerating free-radical reactions.
Therefore, those who hope to immediately with the “flick of the wrist” to look younger by taking the pill the most fashionable super multivitamin complex, it is necessary to consider that too far with artificial vitamins is very easy, but natural antioxidants overeat unlikely – our bodies will bring their own excess, leaving only most necessary.
The largest number of antioxidants to be presented by nature in the bark and plants and the peel of the fruit in the bones. It is believed that bioflavonoids, which prevent aging and destruction of the body are in plants with pronounced pigmentation. That is, it is the most useful products with a dark colored – beets, eggplant, blueberries, black grapes, red cabbage, etc. Surely our ancestors guessed about the usefulness of some products – not for nothing on their table in abundance are garlic, onions, beets, cabbage, carrots … also possess antioxidant activity radish, radishes, turnips – a plant of the cabbage family. In medicine, all these plants are widely used as a preventive measure for cancer. The parsley and celery contain essential oils that have antiseptic, antispasmodic and antibacterial effects on the gastrointestinal tract.
Also, the high antioxidant activity showed fruit juices. The juice of grapes, citrus and pomegranate were found powerful antioxidants – anthocyanins and flavonoids. They are also pretty much be in the citrus mezokarpii- this white layer under the skin. It is also a strong antioxidant effect is of black chokeberry juice and apples winter varieties. It should be noted that factory juices contain preservatives and stabilizers, so they have much lower activity than that of freshly prepared home drinks.
Antioxidant activity was also observed in extracts of herbs such as radiograms pink and Siberian Ginseng, Schisandra tinctures, ginseng, Aralia, devil and all sorts of balms. It should be said about the balms separately. Balms – a hydro-alcoholic extracts of plant materials, food components. Their composition can include pine nuts and honey ( “Demidov”, “Cedar”, “Altai”, “Kliofit”), grape juice and wine is dry ( “Lyukram”), coffee and brandy ( “Grail”, “Ishim”) . It is necessary to apply these elixirs 2 tsp 100 ml. mineral water or tea, 2-3 times a day before meals.
Wines and especially red, as well as brandies are quite high curative and preventive properties. They contain polyphenols, carbohydrates, organic acids, mineral salts, amino acids, vitamins, and lectins. Wine improves the functioning of the gallbladder, pancreas and intestines, cholesterol reducing , has bactericidal and anti-stress activity and expands the heart arteries. Drink wine is recommended 3 times a day during the reception with 50 ml of food, brandy -. 15 ml.
Green tea contains a lot of active biological substances: sugar, tannin, protein , alkaloids, vitamins and essential oils. Tea quality is evaluated on the content of flavonoids. Attention lovers of brewing tea save on it once for the whole day – brewed tea should immediately drink! If the beverage will stand it turns brown, cloudy, loses flavor and taste, and most importantly – lose antioxidant activity.
It is difficult to overestimate the work that carry antioxidants. They free the body from the ravages of radicals, improve our immune system, slow the aging process, helps in the smooth operation of functions of all authorities … Therefore, for as long as possible to remain young and active, it is necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle, eat well and replenish antioxidants of those life-giving sources that were donated to us by nature.