What’s the big deal about Antioxidants?

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What are antioxidants? And why is it such a big deal? You often hear that antioxidants are important for good health and vitality. But how do they work?

Well firstly let’s look at what eating antioxidants does for your body… foods rich in antioxidants such as kale, red grapes,  spinach, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, beets and let’s not forget the yummy dark chocolate have amazing health benefits.

For example dark chocolate, of course eaten in moderation, may lower inflammation, reduce the chance of heart disease, increases the good cholesterol and reduces the possibility of high blood pressure.

Overall consuming a daily dose of antioxidant rich foods has health benefits such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and inflammation. It also may assist in preventing heart disease and cancer, as well as slow down the progression of some cancers and don’t forget it can assist with slowing down our ageing process*….music to my ears!

So next time you are out doing your fruit and vegetable shopping, look for your beautiful bright colored produce.

So for now we have an idea of what health benefits antioxidants have for the body, but what about skin? Our skin is the largest organ or the body and the most impacted and abused! We expose it to UV damage, heat, wind, rain and cold. It gets cut, scraped, burnt, torn and we apply all sorts of stuff on it! It’s a wonder it still functions!

By applying products on the skin that is jam packed with antioxidants you are actually helping the skin repair and are preventing cell damage. Products high in antioxidants aid in scar revision and sun damage, by increasing blood flow that enables the promotion of cell growth. Antioxidants also slow the aging process by protecting the skin from free radical damage, which reduces the signs of fine lines and wrinkles.

So next time you reach for a product to apply onto your skin, be it a cleanser, moisturizer, body lotion or a tanning product, ask yourself what am I applying and is my skin going to benefit from it. Look at the ingredients. Can you understand them and what exactly are they? Natural or synthetic?

*Medically reviewed by Katherine Marengo LDN, R.D., specialty in nutrition, on July 26, 2019 — Written by Jenna Fletcher