Slow down time…
We all wish we could, but it just ain’t gonna happen.
However, we may be able to slow the aging process a bit with antioxidants.
In recent years, fitness enthusiasts have started to take note of how antioxidants could be beneficial to health and performance. Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that fight free radicals, which are charged molecules that roam around like rogues.
We don’t like rogue molecules.
These stealth ninja’s circulate in your body-they basically go around screwing up the function of cells and other molecules that move in the blood.
Antioxidants Are Your Secret Nutritional Nunchucks
Some experts believe that free radicals are involved in numerous diseases such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease, and that they are associated with the aging process, even resulting in death.
Scientific research has indicated that strenuous exercise (the good stuff) increases the amount of free radicals; thus many sports nutrition experts are recommending increased antioxidant protection and a sweet pair of nunchucks for avid exercisers.
What Are These Prized Antioxidants?
Some examples of effective antioxidants include Vitamins C and E, carotenes (like beta-carotene), glutathione, CoQ10, N-acetyl-cysteine, selenium, and Alpha Lipoic Acid.
These antioxidants may help your body prevent free-radical damage that could ultimately lead to a decrease in performance as well as boost immune-system function to keep you going strong, strengthen collagen, and protect connective tissue cells.
On top of that, Alpha Lipoic Acid is a multi- faceted compound and may help you improve the action of insulin, safeguard cells against free-radical damage, increase energy production in your muscles and decrease fat storage in your body.
Where Do I Obtain These
Antioxidant Foods Nutritional Nunchucks?
The best way to get them in your diet is through eating natural food sources such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, spinach, peppers and garlic.
On the sweet side, fruits and berries- blueberries, cranberries, plums, goji berries, and watermelon. These sources are more complete in that they often contain phytonutrients and other substances not contained in the isolated supplement types.
If you’re like me and get lazy sometimes with the prep of these fruits and vegetables, but still want to get the benefits, Trader Joe’s makes some pretty solid blends- Super Greens and Super Red powder. 1 scoop in water, tastes ok, benefits are great.