Saturday, April 15, 2006

Including Good Antioxidants In Daily Diet

For years I have read about the potential good health effects of increasing antioxidants. Are these scavengers in the blood really as good for us as some folk’s claim? More than likely they are beneficial, just like thousands of other ingredients found in natural foods, but some experts and people who want to sell them in pill form have probably gone overboard in their praise, as well. The study of antioxidants goes back years and there are some good research studies that have been performed that point to their beneficial effects on the body. However, antioxidants are no different than anything else in life. They are only good for us when we eat them in the proper proportion and if taken to an extreme they can do more harm than good to our bodies.

New research seems to focus on the type of antioxidants, which are found in “red wine”. This type of antioxidant is called “polyphenols” which show promise in helping prevent several types of cancers. Before you run out and buy a bunch of wine and try to drink a bottle or two of it each day to prevent cancer, keep in mind that the biggest benefit from “polyphenols” can be found in only one or two glasses of red wine per day. In fact, only one glass is recommended for women. There are many antioxidants, which are good for us when taken in the proper proportions. They are found in Vitamin A and E as well. Be very careful with Vitamin A because too much of it can cause serious health problem and more than likely the same thing is true for Vitamin E, but the evidence has not proven it as of yet.

A daily multivitamin and several servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day should provide enough antioxidants to help us stay as health as possible. Add to the regiment one glass of red wine each day and you are probably doing all that is safe to increase these important substances without going overboard. Our bodies are made up of different substances which all work together in the proper way to keep us healthy. When this proportion gets mixed up there is a greater chance our bodies will get sick. Just because something is good in one dose, doesn’t mean it will be twice as good if we take two doses.

I look at antioxidants in the same way as I do good bacteria that live in our digestive system. When kept in the proper proportion, everything inside our bodies works in the right way. However, if we get too high or low of a good bacteria concentration inside out intestines, all heck breaks loose and we feel bad and often times get sick from common everyday bad bacterial infections. Treat antioxidants in the same way you would anything else that has been proven to be good for your body. Yes, increase their abundance in your diet, but also remember that a little bit goes a long way when it comes to a healthy body.

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Good Antioxidants