Antioxidants are substances that play important role in “fighting” against free radicals responsible for damaging cells.Scientists believe that cell damaging caused by free radicals in the body leads to development of many diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer and many other chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and others.
It is considered that free radicals also accelerate the aging process. You can not completely stop harmful chemical reactions in the body, but you can slow them down by following a healthy diet regime containing lots of natural antioxidants.
How can diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables boost our natural defense mechanism and protect our skin from premature aging?
Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are rich in natural antioxidants.
Here’s how antioxidants fight free radicals.
Molecules of free radicals are trying to “steal” electrons from other molecules and thus create new radicals. Chain reaction can cause premature skin aging, heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, and cancer. Antioxidants, on the other hand, have an “extra” electron. They neutralize free radicals by donating that extra electron.