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How to Read your Body’s Gauge for Greater Healthiness part1


                                           A Guide to ANTIOXIDANTS for All Ages


Antioxidants are natural substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. They are molecules created when your body breaks down food or is exposed to cigarette smoke and radiation. Free radicals may play a role in causing heart disease and other persistent diseases like diabetes, arthritis, cancer, hardening of the arteries, alzheimers disease, and degenerative eye diseases. These damaging elements also hasten the progression of aging. Antioxidants originate primarily in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seasonings that assist in averting or decreasing oxidation which happens at the cellular level. Antioxidants do this by eliminating "free radicals", which, if left unaided may well oxidize cells - leading to irritation and unremitting ailments like diabetes, arthritis, hardening of the arteries, carcinogenesis, brain syndromes like alzheimers disease and dementia and degenerative eye diseases. These harmful elements also hasten the aging process.

Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and carotenoids. Carotenoids are the bright-colored pigments in some of your favorite fruits and vegetables which may aid in defending cells from damage caused by free radicals. additional naturally occurring antioxidants consist of flavonoids. Flavonoids are a diverse group of phytonutrients (plantchemicals) found in almost all fruits and vegetables, tannins, Tannins (commonly referred to as tannic acid) are water-soluble polyphenos that are present in many plant foods, Phenols, Phenols constitute probably the largest group of plant secondary metabolites, varying in size and Lignans, Lignans are a large class of secondary metabolites in plants that have numerous biological effects in mammals, including antitumor and antioxidant activities. Plant-based foods are the most outstanding resource. These consist of fruits, vegetables and their juices, whole-grain food, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, and even chocolate.

As an additional benefit fruits, vegetables and whole grains high in antioxidants are as well characteristically high in fiber, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and excellent sources of vitamins and minerals. So take pleasure in the variety.

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Comment by ednshell on October 31, 2018 at 5:37am

Nice article Barbie!  Love the title!  

Comment by ednshell on October 31, 2018 at 5:35am

Very interesting Forest, thank you for posting!

Comment by Forest on October 24, 2018 at 5:45am

Historic drought sprouts success for Napa vineyards

"Dry years are good because it forces the vine to find water on its own and really penetrate deeply into the soils," he said. "You want to stress out a vine to a point. You want to go as far as you can before you go off that cliff and can't go any further," he said.

"In normal conditions, the roots of grape vines grow 10 feet deep, but in dry conditions, they are forced to burrow twice as deep in search of water. The stressed-out vines produce a smaller grape but one with more concentrated sugar and complex flavor."

Part of the better flavor is the antioxidants.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-historic-drought-proves-fru...

https://www.google.com/search?q=drought+stressed+wine&ie=utf-8&...

Comment by Barbie ann Matthews on October 3, 2018 at 11:34am

Thank you very much Forest, I appreciate your input. I will check out your links.  I will also  post Part 2 of this article this week.  Peace and Love to you.....

Comment by Forest on October 3, 2018 at 5:59am
Comment by Forest on October 3, 2018 at 5:08am

Thanks for the excellent article. 

An article I read years ago in Natural History Magazine said that plants subjected to drought stress had way higher antioxidant levels than the usual pampered plants grown by farmers, including organic farmers.  I found this to be true as when I ran across abandoned fruit trees and vines that had not had any supplemental water for years the fruit had super extraordinary good flavor and super sweetness.

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