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Antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation. Antioxidants are a family of small organic molecules. Some may be naturally synthesized by our own system, but there are others that are supplemented by our daily diet to prevent the adverse effects of oxidative stress. Our bodies are in need of antioxidants that remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents that are in our cells. Oxidative stress, oxidizing agents lead to aging, inflammation, sickness, ailment, etc.
The ORAC value is one measure of antioxidants. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. The recommended daily ORAC intake for an adult is between 3,000-5,000 ORAC value. Vitamin C and E are also top contenders as vitamins that help the body reduce oxidative damage and inflammation. This is why what we eat is so vital to maintaining a healthy body, and ultimately live a better quality of life.
Fruits and vegetables are high content sources of antioxidants, owing to their ability to prevent the potential harmful oxidation of biological cells. Studies demonstrated that eating an antioxidant-rich diet confers protective effects against oxidative stress and consequential harmful inflammation. Baobab, in particular, is very high in antioxidants. This is why we love the baobab fruit, powerful source of antioxidants and Vitamin C. So many other fruits are good sources of antioxidants from berries like blueberries and raspberries to exotic dragon fruit to delicious oranges and citrus fruits. Raw fruit, in particular, retains as much of the vitamins and minerals as possible for your body to absorb and boost your immune system.
Your body needs antioxidants from food to boost your immune system that protects you from getting sick. With the more dramatic climate and temperature changes, more viruses that seem to pass around every year, and busier, less nurturing lifestyles we are living, antioxidants are becoming more important than ever. We need the knowledge to know what our body needs to run at its optimal level for the long run. The best thing you can do is to start reading and learning about what you can do, even little by little, to boost your immunity and immune response, thereby, staying more healthy and getting sick less. Stick with us, and we will share more of what we are learning to help you and our community.
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