Antioxidants: Much More Than Just a Commercialized Term

Antioxidants: Much More Than Just a Commercialized Term

Antioxidant has become a household term in recent years. But what if most people actually had more in-depth knowledge about antioxidants and why are they so necessary for optimal health? If they knew, they would also know that a lot of the common "foods" they are eating contributes to the condition that creates the need for antioxidants. This means, in their effort to heal themselves, they may not be aware that they are creating the problem while at the same time trying to solve it.

Learning the detailed meaning of what an antioxidant is will not only offer the solution to a problem but also an understanding of its cause. Having this knowledge also offers the advantage of avoiding the problem before it gets created.

Before learning about antioxidants, it is necessary to first learn about free radicals. The human body is made up of particles known as atoms. Each atom consists of an even amount of electrons, protons and neutrons. Once this balance is maintained the body stays in order. The formation of free radicals occurs when an atom or a group of atoms contains an odd amount of electrons which creates instability and opens to door for chaos in the body. When free radicals are formed, it makes it very easy for diseases to invade the body and capitalize on this compromise. Free radicals, which is created through the process of oxidation (the loss of electrons) destroys the cells within the body.

An antioxidant eradicates free radicals by acting as a donor that supplies each atom with the electron that it is missing to regain its balance and stability.

Learning about antioxidants and free radicals also brings awareness to the importance of learning about the circumstances that contribute to the formation of free radicals. The primary cause of free radicals stems from what people consume as food. In addition to promoting foods that are antioxidants, it is also important to highlight foods that support the forming of free radicals.

Not having this knowledge explains why someone can have a plate of food containing their antioxidants but at the same time is unaware that the other portion of their meal counters that effort. In a more basic sense, it is like if someone should consume the antidote with the poison.

Since the word anti-oxidant is given to food that fights free radicals, naturally, foods that do the opposite should be labeled as oxidants (rather, oxidation foods). All foods that are produced by nature (natural) are antioxidants. Another name for an antioxidant is electron donors. Melatonin is a very powerful antioxidant that offers this benefit while we sleep. This is a major part of the reason why we always have to stress the importance of sleep.

Foods that are starch based, hybrids and meat are major contributors of free radicals (oxidation). They are not electron donors because they unnaturally (not natural) acidic, meaning, they are overwhelmed with protons and not electrons. They are positively (protons) charged instead of being negatively (electrons) charged.

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