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The effects of ageing are the result of the release within our bodies of free radicals which damage our cells. The solution is on your plate, in the form of antioxidants that neutralise these particles.
The production of free radicals is a normal part of the way our body works. However pollution, cigarette smoking, stress and too much sun can increase the rate at which they’re released, causing an imbalance which accelerates cell ageing. Free radicals are also behind some cancers and cardiovascular problems. Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and trace elements contained in our food act to block and neutralise free radicals, providing our cells with natural protection.
You don’t need to turn your lifestyle upside down to get more antioxidants! The main antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E, as well as zinc and selenium. To increase our intake, we need to eat more fruit and vegetables. For example, citrus fruits, exotic fruits and cabbages contain a lot of vitamin C; and nuts and spinach provide good levels of vitamin E. That said, we shouldn’t discount foods of animal origin. Seafood is an excellent source of zinc and selenium, and so are eggs, which also provide vitamin A.
A balanced diet, varied and with lots of natural, healthy, good quality products, is your best ally in the struggle against free radicals and ageing. Now’s the time to start!