Thursday, May 12, 2011

What is that term "Antioxidants"?

We live in a great age now.  During the past 200 years is when we have first started to really notice these items, in food and in science.  Antioxidants are a very simple and easy to understand concept and I will make it easier for you to get. 

I used this analogy before:
Your body is like a glass shop.  In the shop of your body, you have several smaller rooms where you have different glass products from simple dishware to Chihuly type artwork.  When you take anything in your body, be it by eating, drinking, injection or even breathing, it goes to these cells.  So, you eat an apple and the apple guy goes into your glass shop and goes into a room selling artwork.  But then you take a puff of your cigarette and the smoke and tar and nastiness comes in and goes into another room as well.

Now, the apple has something in it, called an Antioxidant.  Antioxidants help reduce free radicals.  Free radicals are chemicals that are harmful to your body.  So, when you take a puff of smoke on your cigarette, the bad chemicals in that puff are brought into your body shop.  Those bad chemicals are a punch of emo teenagers who just came into your glass shop and think it is funny to knock things down. After they go into a room and brake the first couple of glass items, they keep saying that it is an accident and not their fault.

That apple that is wondering around in your shop, has antioxidants, and is an undercover cop.  Antioxidants attach themselves to free radicals, in your body, to prevent the free radicals from running around and breaking things.  So, Mr. Apple, who has 5,900 ORAC, which is the measurement of Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, can handle almost 6,000 of these teenagers.  So, Mr. Apple tackles them and cuffs them to a chair in the center of the room, and he sits in the chair.  Just like in your body, the antioxidants attach and tackle the free radicals and prevent any more injury. 

Now, for more information on the chemical process, you can read here:

And for a short list of some antioxidant values, you can click here:

If you look at the above chart, you can see why everyone says that dark chocolate is good for you.  These antioxidants have been shown to prevent diseases, cancers and even can delay the aging process.

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