Guide to Antioxidants

Guide to Antioxidants

Several Tranont Health products contain antioxidants, but what exactly are antioxidants and how do they help us? We’ve assembled a guide to teach you all about the important role antioxidants play in your health.

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are natural molecules that combat oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

Oxidative stress occurs when more free radicals exist in your body than antioxidants.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that may react negatively with important proteins that our bodies rely on.

Why do I need antioxidants?

Excessive free radicals form when we’re exposed to dangers of modern living, such as fatty acids in food, air pollution, sun bathing, environmental toxins, smoke, and alcohol.

Prolonged oxidative stress leads to problems such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and accelerated aging.

Supplemental antioxidants combat oxidative stress, protecting our bodies from damage while we live our day-to-day lives.

How do antioxidants work?

To understand antioxidants, you have to understand everything that goes with them.

Let’s start with atoms. Everything in the universe consists of atoms. Atoms are made out of a nucleus, protons, neutrons, and electrons.

Diagram of an atom (Image by AG Caesar, public domain)

Two or more atoms linked together, form a molecule.

Molecules form the human body.

Humans function with chemical reactions. During chemical reactions, larger molecules break down into smaller molecules, and smaller molecules develop into larger molecules.

Molecule (Image by Michael Ströck (mstroeck), public domain)

A molecule can only be stable with the right amount of electrons. When a molecule loses an electron it’s not supposed to, it becomes a free radical.

This is where antioxidants play a role. If a molecule turns into a free radical, the antioxidant works by giving up an electron to the free radical to disarm and stabilize them.

Antioxidant giving free radical an electron (photo source: Lobo, V., Patil, A., Phatak, A., & Chandra, N. (2010). Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health. Pharmacognosy Reviews, 4(8), 118–126.)

Where can I find antioxidants?

Almost every food contains antioxidants. However, there’s a differing amount depending on which foods you eat.

Antioxidant-rich food mostly consists of fruits and vegetables.

Tranont recommends antioxidant supplements in addition to a healthy diet to ensure optimal absorption.

Sometimes it can be difficult to get enough antioxidants through your diet alone, due to cooking practices, since heat destroys antioxidants.

You may also not be getting enough antioxidants if your diet largely consists of processed foods, as processed foods lack a lot of necessary nutrients.

Taking supplements ensures that you’re getting the amount of antioxidants you need.

Our products, [Balance], [Restore], and ICARIA Glow contain antioxidant supplements to protect your body and keep you looking vibrant so you can live a better life than ever!

Buy our antioxidant products here.

 

Sources

Arnarson, A. (2017, June 15). Antioxidants Explained in Human Terms. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antioxidants-explained

Marturana, C.P.T., A. (2017, January 27). What Antioxidants Actually Do For Your Body. Retrieved from https://www.self.com/story/what-antioxidants-are-and-actually-do

Renee, J. (2018, June 8). Are Antioxidants Destroyed by Heat? Retrieved from https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/antioxidants-destroyed-heat-9263.html

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