I have always entertained a hint of confusion about free radicals and antioxidants. For one thing they are counterintuitive. Free is good normally and anti is against. Yet, we need antioxidants and don’t want free radical accumulation. What’s up with that?
So, I was most pleased to run across the following informed discussion of that very subject in The Conversation.
The holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes time for family celebration while gathering around tables full of delicious foods with seasonal spices! But it can also be a stressful time of year, with substantial meal preparation as well as stress in the gut from digesting highly caloric and rich foods. Your food choices can help reduce stress in your body.
Traditional holiday meals are laden with salt, fat and sugar, which can spike blood glucose and insulin levels when eaten in excess all in one day. They also, alas, can increase the amount of free radicals, or molecules with unattached electrons, in the body, which can do serious cellular damage.
We hear a lot about antioxidants, and we are encouraged to eat foods that are rich in them. But what exactly are they, and why do we need them? As a researcher who examines cellular damage, I will explain the oxidative process and why it’s important to curb it. Continue reading
Here is a list of the top 5 spices that rank highest in terms of polyphenol content, making them the ones that you should try hardest to incorporate into your diet. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity, which estimates the spice’s anti-oxidant ability. These values come from The Mediterranean Zone.
Shades of Simon and Garfunkle, who knew that sage, rosemary and thyme would turn out to be super sources of anti-oxidants .
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Kara, selected from TreeHugger January 5, 2015
Spices are a rich source of polyphenols, which means we should all be eating more of them. Polyphenols are powerful anti-oxidants that neutralize the free radicals formed by constant sun exposure and anti-microbial agents that are plants’ primary defense mechanism against microbiological attack. By ingesting foods that contain high levels of polyphenols, humans boost their immune systems, reduce cellular inflammation, and maintain an optimal balance between the good and bad microbes that live in our digestive tracts.
Adding more spices to your diet is one way to increase the number of polyphenols entering your body on a regular basis, although, as Dr. Barry Sears explains in The Mediterranean Zone, you need to have continual daily intake in order to benefit in the long term, since polyphenols are fully metabolized within 24 hours of being taken into the body.
Here is a list…
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Pumpkin seeds – great source of zinc
Zinc is very important in the first line of defence in our bodies. This first line is represented by physical barriers, such as the skin and mucous membrane linings inside the body. Zinc is found in the mucous secretions of the respiratory system and on the surfaces of lungs and throat. It has an antimicrobial effect, so helps to kill inhaled bacteria and viruses before they get chance to take hold. Zinc is also secreted in the saliva and the mucous membranes of the digestive system to kill any ingested invaders.
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by Jane Cronin
Do you suffer from acne, stretch marks, white spots on your nails, poor wound healing, poor immunity? Zinc may have something to do with it. Here we discuss Zinc deficiency, causes, symptoms and why zinc is important.
Zinc is an essential trace mineral and is one of the most abundant to be found in the body. It is naturally found in some foods, added to others and also available as a dietary supplement. You have approximately 2-3g with around 60% is in the muscles that support your skeleton and 30% is in the bones. So if nothing else zinc plays an important part in keeping you upright. The remaining 10% is found in the teeth, hair, nails, skin, liver, leukocytes (white blood cells), prostate, sperm and testes.
So what are some functions of Zinc in the body?
Zinc makes things happen
Zinc is used in by…
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CoQ10 is made by the human body and may be the most abundant antioxidant in cells producing energy like the heart and brain. In fact, CoQ10 is concentrated right in the mitochondria to counter the free oxygen radicals (rust) produced during energy production.
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BY DR. JOEL KAHN JULY 29, 2013
Let’s go back to 1981, Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am sitting in a large auditorium in the medical school basement trying to stay awake. The room is warm and there is no ventilation. The lecturer is reviewing the pathways by which the body, and parts of cells, called mitochondria, make energy. I hear Krebs Cycle and electron chain transport and almost doze. ATP, ADP, phosphorylation and then CoQ10 (short for CoenzymeQ 10). A few weeks, there was an exam and I moved on to clinical rotations.
All that biochemistry faded into distant memory for about 25 years.
Fast forward to 2006, and I am browsing the Internet, reading about ways to treat a patient’s advanced congestive heart failure and…..deja vu. A cardiologist was writing about boosting ATP production by using targeted vitamins that made mitochondria run more efficiently.
I read several papers, then…
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I have friends from India who swear by the spice turmeric. Here are some reasons why.
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For most of us, summer is the perfect time to get fruits that are less than readily available out-of-season. And eating more fruit is a great way to increase your vitamin C intake.
Studies show that vitamin C is a powerful and effective antioxidant that offers a wide array of important health benefits, including:
- lowers blood pressure and stroke risk
- regulates nitric oxide levels
- improves peripheral blood flow
- aids in cellular repair
- strengthens immune system
- improves cardiac health
- helps avoid degenerative diseases
- improves eye health
To ensure that you get at least the recommended 90 mg per day, eat a 1 cup serving of a fruit salad made from any combination of oranges, strawberries, papaya, kiwi, and mango. If you have another favorite, toss it in there, too (I like watermelon — a good source of vitamin C and more lycopene than tomatoes). All these fruits are…
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