Oxidation is a natural biochemical process which is necessary for energy production in our cells. It occurs constantly and results in free radicals which are highly reactive molecules that can interact with other molecules in the cell resulting in damage to proteins, cell membranes and genes within a cell. Oxidative stress is implicated in many conditions including natural aging. Low levels of antioxidants have been linked to Coronary Artery Disease, Diabetes, Arthritis and Macular Degeneration and many other illnesses. Sources of antioxidants come from internal manufacturing, foods, spices and supplements.
Top 10 Food Sources of Antioxidants from the US Department of Agriculture:
- Small red beans
- Wild blueberry
- Red kidney beans
- Pinto beans
- Blueberry (cultivated)
Talk to your provider about measuring antioxidants and adding them back through a combination of food and supplements if needed.