Let’s talk antioxidants. Quite simply they are molecules that inhibit oxidation (Get it? Anti-oxidants). Oxidation is a normal process that can be beneficial (like in wine making) or quite harmful in the case of oxidative stress, when antioxidant production does not meet oxidation requirements. Oxidative stress results in the production of free radicals, many of which cause damage to the body, damage that can be off-set by antioxidants.
So what do antioxidants reduce?
- Aging (hello!);
- Chronic fatigue;
- Increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease;
- Susceptibility to neurodegenerative disease including dementia and Parkinson’s disease;
- Some cancers;
- The list goes on!
Pretty important right?!
So how do we consume antioxidants?
The great news is that many of our favourite whole foods are antioxidant rich. These include berries, broccoli, kale, garlic, carrot and turmeric.
Considering their significance, I also like to cover my bases with additional antioxidant supplementation by using Melrose Health Essential Reds. Great in a smoothie, chia pudding, protein bites or in our Mixed Berry & Coconut Gummies. Grab all the ingredients you need and schedule some time to make these this coming weekend. They’re also great for your gut, so simple to make and taste delicious!