Layman’s Terms for the Role Antioxidants Play in Your Health

Antioxidants are vital for maintaining good health, and preventing many chronic illnesses. Should you choose supplements over whole foods?

 

Antioxidants Are Vital for Proper Health Function

What is the major role of antioxidants, and how do they contribute to our overall health? I’ll touch on these questions within this article, as well as free radicals and the harm they cause to cells within our body, and how certain steps we take in changing our diet, and lifestyle choices, can help prevent the formation of cancer cells, chronic illnesses, and premature aging.

You will also find in this article the difference between taking antioxidants as a supplemental form, versus incorporating them into our diet through whole foods.

What Are Antioxidants Good For

Antioxidants are molecules that break down and neutralize free radical compounds within our body. We are constantly exposed to free radicals wherever we go, for they are found within the water we drink, foods we eat, medications we take and even within the air we breathe. Diet alone plays a huge role in our overall health. According to NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), if you are not eating right, consuming city water, and live in an environment with higher amounts of pollution, then you are at greater risk for developing organ and cellular damage, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic health conditions, that may be preventable. People who smoke, drink alcohol, and are exposed to radiation and heavy metals, have much higher amounts of free radical toxins eating away at healthy cells within their bodies (which is one of many reasons why people who smoke tend to age much more rapidly). Naturally, our bodies form antioxidants to fight off the free radicals we are exposed to, but free radical exposure levels are different for each person, because we all have different diets, lifestyles, and live in various areas of the world. For instance, those who live within cities and high populated areas, are going to be exposed exponentially more to free radicals, than someone who lives out in the country where the air, water, and environment tend to (most times) be cleaner and of better quality.

Aging, also plays a significant role in the number of antioxidants our body can produce naturally. The older we get, the less antioxidants our bodies produce, which increases the number of free radicals that build up oxidation within the body, causing many health problems over time, if, that is, action is not taken to replace the antioxidants we lose with age. Therefore, it is recommended to incorporate antioxidant rich foods within our diets, in order to ward off the free radicals that build up within us daily.

Do Free Radicals Cause Cell Damage?

Free radicals are single atoms that are incomplete, and unstable, because they do not have paired electrons. Going back to some of our first history lessons; atoms are surrounded by shell electrons, that need to be the same number of pairs, in order to be complete. Electrons continue filling into another shell, as they become full.

If there are outer shells that are not full and complete, then the atom may try to attach itself to another atom, using the electrons from the other atom to complete itself. These types of atoms are known as free radicals. They are unstable, because they do not have complete, full outer shells, and spread throughout the body seeking out stable atoms to bond to, in an effort to complete the missing electrons. A stable atom weakens and becomes an unstable free radical once the bond has taken place. This process is called oxidative stress, which causes severe damage to healthy cells, protein, and even DNA. The chain reaction of this process has the ability to change lipids within our body, causing the risk of them getting caught within an artery, and can mutate damaged cells into growing tumors, that later can lead into cancerous cells. The damage done to DNA molecules has the potential to change DNA code.

Free radicals are also considered to be the culprit of increasing fine lines and wrinkles, while quickening the aging process for men and women alike. The theory behind this claim, is that free radicles significantly damage cells over time, and if they are changing our DNA coding, then new cells trying to regenerate are unable to grow correctly, leading to premature aging.

The proof is in the pudding. If you were to have two different groups lined up, one group being heavy smokers, the majority of their life, drinking alcohol excessively, not exercising, taking many medications, and maintaining poor diet choices, while in group number two, you have individuals eating diets rich in fruits, vegetables (especially dark leafy greens), and omega fats, exercising regularly, little to no medications. and abstaining from regular alcohol consumption or smoking, then it honestly would not take a medical test to see the difference in health and vitality between the two groups.

So, the answer is; Yes! Free radicals do play a major role in cell damage, which if not counteracted, may lead to major health issues and aging later on in life, when our bodies begin to decline in producing natural antioxidants to fight them off.

Antioxidant Rich Foods Help Prevent Cancer

Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death within the United States and other industrialized countries. We learned above that our environment, diet, lifestyle choices, exercise, and possibly things we are exposed to at work, can all play a contributing role in increasing free radicals within our body, which starts a negative chain reaction leading to oxidative stress, and resulting in cellular damage and possible tumor formations (which may later turn into cancerous cells). Rest assured, there is a way to fight back the chain reaction and reduce damaging oxidative stress.

According to studies done by Stanford University; vitamin C, beta carotene (vitamin A), and vitamin E, are all forms of antioxidants, which can greatly reduce the risk of developing breast, pancreas, lung, cervix, stomach, head, and neck cancers. They work by enhancing white blood cells within the immune system. White blood cells operate by blocking free radicals from attaching themselves to healthy stable molecules.

Foods highest in vitamin C:

Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, kiwi, papaya, red, yellow, and green peppers, orange juice, tomatoes, strawberries, turnips, and winter squash.

Foods highest in beta carotene:

Carrots, collards, dark leafy greens, squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, apricots, and peas.

Foods highest in vitamin E:

Sunflower seeds, avocados, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts, rainbow trout, shrimp, spinach, wheat germ oils, kiwis, broccoli, asparagus, whole grains, and many healthy breakfast cereals.

These are just three out of many antioxidants found within whole foods. As you can see, there is quite a variety of foods to choose from, that can help keep you healthy, and aid in cancer prevention.

Quality is everything, so try to shoot for locally grown or organic as much as possible.

Organic is held to much higher standards than commercial produce. For example, soil has to be completely cleared of any trace of chemicals or non-natural substances for three years, before a farmer can even begin growing an organic crop, commercial produce is not held to this standard. Organic produce has a very limited list of sprays they can use to fight off bugs, or help growth, and cannot use a chemical form of any kind. Commercial produce, again, is not held to this standard, and uses many chemical sprays to ward off bugs that have been linked to cause health issues.

A lot of produce on the market today, has been genetically modified in a number of ways, that is not good for our bodies, because we are not acclimated to eating such foreign modifications. Altering the natural substances of our foods, may be another contributing factor to why cancer has been increasing at an alarming rate. For if you were to research other countries that have banned genetically modified food (Russia, being one of them), you will not find the same health issues and fatalities that we face here within the US.

Antioxidant Vitamin Supplement vs Food


Antioxidants have been proven to increase health and help prevent chronic illnesses, but as with anything, too much of a good thing can end up causing more harm than good. With more and more research coming out about the health benefits of antioxidants, many people believe that upping their intake of antioxidant rich supplements or antioxidant fortified foods, will help protect themselves from developing chronic illnesses, instead of having to make significant changes to their diet and lifestyle choices. Research however, has not shown taking antioxidant supplements to be beneficial in fighting oxidative stress, and may actually have the opposite effect, where it is increasing one’s chances of developing chronic illnesses.

For example, there have been a number of studies done showing that high doses of beta carotene may actually increase the odds of developing lung cancer in individuals who smoke. High doses of vitamin E supplements may increase the chances of prostate cancer or Hemorrhagic stroke. Antioxidant supplements may also have negative effects or interfere with certain medications proscribed by a doctor (which is why it is important to discuss with your doctor any vitamin and supplement you plan to take, as well as the dosses).

In clinical studies, a diet rich in whole fruits and vegetables on the other hand, have proven to effectively help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, chronic illnesses, many types of cancer, diabetes, cataracts, Alzheimer’s, and even asthma, by tracking 84,000 women over 14 years, and 42,000 men over an 8-year period. Phytochemicals are the main contributing factor for protecting against such illnesses, because of the non-nutrient plant compounds they consist of, which are flavonoids, phenolic acids, carotenoids, and isoflavonoids. There are still many phytochemicals in foods that scientists believe have not been discovered yet.

So why do whole foods contribute to increasing health and fighting off free radicals, while supplemental antioxidants may have the opposite effect? There have been a few theories in regards to this question. One being that supplements only provide us with one chemical form, such as vitamin E supplement for example, only consists of alpha-tocopherol, while vitamin E found in whole foods consists of eight different chemical forms, and is often accompanied by many other phytochemical forms found within the food.

Another theory, is that our bodies have been conditioned since the beginning of time to process and control antioxidant levels through eating whole foods, but are not as accustomed to high doses of synthetic forms of antioxidants. Other theories believe, that individuals who dedicate themselves to eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, are also more dedicated to making better lifestyle choices, with regular exercise and activity levels, and abstaining from harmful substances such as smoking, and excessive drinking.

The bottom line is, a supplement will never be able to replace the health benefits you get from eating a clean fruit and vegetable rich diet, accompanied with good ole fashioned exercise and smart lifestyle choices.


You can do it!

You may be thinking that you have lived a certain way for too long, and that there is no changing the damage that has been done, but I have to say, that it’s never too late to change bad habits. The changes you make today, can reverse the clock, and add many more years to your life.
Years, where you actually feel energized and enjoy the things you do, instead of dread activities because of health reasons. So, don’t wait till tomorrow, make the leap today for better health.

 

 

44 thoughts on “Layman’s Terms for the Role Antioxidants Play in Your Health

  1. Great post. I always knew that getting antioxidants naturally was good for my body, but I never really understood the science behind it. Well, now I know. Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot about detox. People are making smoothies and/or drinking various teas to stay slimmer and be healthier. I haven’t really looked into detox, so are antioxidants related to detox in some way? If so, what are some of your recommendations for detox?

    1. Thank you Kevin! I’m glad that you enjoyed it, and that you found the article to be useful. 

      To answer your question; many people detox to get rid of toxins that have built up in the body, to improve health and increase their metabolism. The majority of what a person consumes while detoxing, is antioxidant rich foods and beverages, so I guess you could say they go hand in hand. However, in my article, I’m referring to living a  antioxidant rich lifestyle, instead of a temporary detox. Many weight loss diets don’t work, because a person makes significant changes for a period of time, and will lose a good bit of weight, but often times, will gain all of the weight back after dieting (and many times more weight than before), due to going back to their old eating habits. 

      Detoxing is great as mentioned, for removing toxins and traces of heavy metals, but in order for it to work for weight loss, a person needs to make smart, clean eating and lifestyle choices following the detox. 

      The type of detox you would want to start, depends on what your goals are. Are you trying to lose weight? Remove toxins? Do you currently have any illnesses and/or taking medications? 

  2. I have often heard of free radicals, but it was interesting reading how they form and how oxidative stress can damage even healthy cells.
    I often wondered what was necessary for organic food to be considered organic. You described it well in your post.
    I use supplements as well as healthy eating to support my body’s journey toward a healthy lifestyle. I feel both are valuable in the pursuit of good health.

    1. Thank you Carolyn! I’m so happy to hear that you have a better understanding of how organic foods differ from commercial produce. 

      I also agree with you, that many supplements are good for us and contribute to our health and well being. In my article, I was mainly explaining that antioxidants in food form is more beneficial to our bodies, than they are as a supplement form. There are many other herbal and vitamin supplements however, that I incorporate into my daily routine, and will later be writing articles on them as well, if you would like to keep checking back. 

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment!

      May you have an amazing day!

  3. Hi,Brandy

    What a wonderful article it is. I have enjoyed a lot. Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful article with us.

    This educative and informative post is really helpful for us. antioxidants play a great rule in our heath. Heathy body keeps us fit for daily walk. It has a lot of good side. For getting healthy person we need to take antioxidants. 

    You have mentioned that antioxidants prevent cancer. So it is a must needed thing for our body. Organic food is full of antioxidants. So we have eat them by maintaining health rule. 

    Thank you again for the post. I will share it in my social media.

    1. Thank you so very much Tashibaarzu! It brings me great joy to read that you have enjoyed my article, and would like to share it with your friends. There are many more health articles to come, so please check back often. 🙂

  4. Wow, what an informative article about antioxidants! I knew they were always important, but you broke it down into why they are important and what they actually do in our bodies. I also like that you explained what free radicals do inside our bodies and why they are extremely bad. I have known that certain fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, but what about blueberries and maybe blackberries as well as raspberries?

    1. Hello Brian! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed my article. 

      You are correct! Good catch! 

      Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, are all high in antioxidants (dark chocolate actually trumps them all). They were not listed in this article, because I have a “Top 10 Antioxidant List” I’ll be posting soon, that will contain there many health benefits. In this article, I was mostly touching on the top foods containing vitamin C, beta carotene, and vitamin E, for cancer prevention. Be sure to check back to see what the top 10 rated are. 😉

  5. A nice article, thank you.  I do believe you are absolutely right that supplements do not have the same effects as a healthy diet!  That said, some people should absolutely use supplements if it is medically necessary, such as people who suffer from pica (which is usually caused by an iron deficiency that can be solved by simply taking iron supplements) or people who suffer from a vitamin D deficiency. 

    For example, my family has a very hard time absorbing calcium naturally.  Or at least, my grandfather’s side of the family does.  That means even IF we decided to up our calcium intake with foods and beverages, it doesn’t make much of a difference because the levels of calcium aren’t enough.  We have to supplement with high doses of vitamin D (to help calcium absorption) and calcium.  Doctor ordered and everything for like 5 of us in the family that I am aware of.  

    That being said, no one should keep eating junk food and take vitamins to make up for the fact you’re eating junk food! That is not as effective as eating healthy as you get way more nutrients out of food than supplements. Thanks for the article!

    1. Thank you Selenity Jade! Completely agree with you that there are many supplements that are good for you to take. I myself take a multi-vitamin and herbal supplements in addition to my diet. Just wanted to point out in my article, that not all supplements benefit you, and that in many cases, whole foods and a healthy lifestyle has the greatest effect on health. 

      I’m so very glad that you liked my article! The next one to come with be the “Top 10 Antioxidants” to incorporate into your diet. 🙂

  6. I actually had no idea what free radicals or antioxidants were. Thanks to stumbling across your informative article, I now know! You write so well that I know to eat leafy greens and carrots and organic fruits and vegetables. I don’t know if any of the supplements I currently take contain antioxidants, but I intend to look. Thank you for sharing this information.

    1. I’m so very happy to hear that you found my article to be useful! Please do not misunderstand me, in thinking that all supplements are bad. There are many that are very good for you to incorporate into your diet. You just want to be aware of the doses you are taking with all of your vitamins, to ensure that you are not taking too much of a vitamin or mineral, and it causing more of a negative, than good. 

      Thank you again Cathy! May you have many years of good health!

  7. We are exposed to the pollution in our environment and we are also exposed to all the chemicals that are in our consumer’s product. Antioxidant is essential for us to be healthy and immune to all these toxins or the xenoestrogens. 

    I think the best approach is to eat whole organic foods that are rich in antioxidants. Drinking teas especially green tea has high polyphenol called EGCG and it helps your body get rid of the damaged cells. Supplements can be good as well because all the nutrients are not that many in our food anymore. 

    Live a healthy lifestyle and you should be fine. Eat healthy and exercise 🙂 

    1. You are so very correct Nuttanee! Green tea is something I drink daily, for a little energy boost, but mostly for antioxidant purposes. I was going to touch on green teas many health benefits, along with yaupon tea, in my next article of a “Top 10 Antioxidant” list to incorporate into your diet. 

      Thank you Again, for taking the time to read my article, and leave a comment!

  8. This is a great post. Antioxidants play a vital role in our body because antioxidants protect us from the damage we cause to the cells inside our body and help prevent cancer, protecting us from chronic illnesses. I do regular walks and diet to keep my body healthy. We need to eat vitamin C and vitamin E foods and anti-oxidant vitamin supplements to keep our body healthy. I am going to eat antioxidant vitamin supplements in addition to food and after eating I will share my experience with you. I will share your website on my social media so that my friends can benefit from your website.

    1. Hello!

      Sounds like you have a great regimen going! There are many supplements that are good for you, I was mostly touching on the fact that a person can not rely on supplements alone to give them the same benefits whole foods do. And that we must be aware of the dosing we take in supplements, so that we are not taking more than what I bodies can handle.

      Thank you so much for sharing with your friends! It is greatly appreciated, and hope that it is able to help many understand free radicals and antioxidants better. 🙂

  9. Hello Brandy,

    That’s a wonderful article on how free radicals affect our health and how antioxidants help prevent their damage.

    Many are the times when the whole issue of the science behind free radicals and how they affect our health is made to look so complicated. However, thanks to this article, I clearly can tell what happens to my body when I expose myself to a non-exercise lifestyle, pollution, constant conventional medication, and other health stress contributors.

    I clearly have seen what alcohol and smoking have literally added ages to the life of people even younger than me. I’ve also seen how others older than me look more vibrant because of their disciplined healthy lifestyles. It’s time for me to adjust!

    Boniface from AndroidBix.

    1. Hi Bonface! 

      I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed my article, and were able to understand the science behind it all a little better. 

      I too have seen the bodily difference that follows certain lifestyle choices. I’ll be honest in saying that I had my fare share of bad habits in my teens and early 20’s, but realized that something had to change, if I wanted to preserve my body and enjoy living life. Which was when my healthy journey really kicked off! 

      It sounds like you are doing great in your walk, and I wish you much health and prosperity!

  10. Hello,

    Thanks for your “Why You Need Antioxidants in Your Life” post where you have really made it clear how antioxidants fight against free radicals to prevent cancer cells and other illnesses and is an anti aging. I love the fact that healthy foods and supplement can increase Antioxidants in our bodies. I agree fresh grains, vegges, and fruits are great food sources.

    I appreciate you sharing your information, others need to take this all in.

    Best Regards
    Audrey

  11. Great article on antioxidants.  There was a lot of reasoning behind your topic that gave a lot of clarity on the subject.  What do you feel about the smoothie powders like organifi that has all the antioxidants inside. Do you think you get the same benefit?  I didn’t know that antioxidant rich foods prevented cancer.  I also see how environment can have a huge impact on your health.

    1. Hi Sharita! 

      I’m so happy to here that you enjoyed my article. I will be honest in saying that I’m not too familiar with Organifi. Looking at their website (the green juice blend in particular), their products have great beneficial ingredients within, but unsure of the process the ingredients undergo to make it into a powder form. For some of the ingredients are coconut water, and lemon juice, both would not evaporate like the moringa, spurulina, beats, etc. I really like the idea behind it, but they unfortunately do not list or advertise the process involved with making it, so unable to say if it would be more beneficial or not, until I get more information about the company and their practices. You’ve given me something new to look into, thank you for that!

  12. Thank you for writing and sharing this great article. I wish these things were taught early in schools. We’d have a lot less sick people! It’s been my observation that every time we deviate from our natural design, things always turn out bad. Like GMOs, EMFs, Root Canals, and etc… You’re right, antioxidants should come from our diet. The way it was meant to be. 

    Sunny

    1. Thank you Sonny!

      You are so very correct! I too, wish they would teach better health and nutrition in schools. They tell you to eat your vegetables, but they don’t teach you about the differences in growing them, and how some can be beneficial, but others harmful over time. Thankfully more and more people are becoming more educated on the matter, and trying to stop Monsanto from destroying all of our food (for his greed has no end), before its too late. 

  13. Good article, and a good wake up call regarding one’s potentially detrimental lifestyle decisions, especially when it comes to diet and exercise. Also, good diet information; vitamin supplements are not a shortcut to reaping the benefits that eating fresh wholesome foods would provide. Regarding GMOs… if there is a correlation between low cancer rates and countries that ban genetically engineered foods, and vice versa, then the public should be made aware of that… are some countries’ food administrations deliberately misleading the public in this regard?

    1. Hello Michelle! 

      I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed my article! 

      To answer your question about GMO awareness, sadly, the US is where it is most prevalent, and they are aware of the consequences which comes with altering our food, but are not doing much about it. 

      Companies like Heinz, for example,  will make ketchup for European countries that do not contain corn syrup, or genetically modified tomatoes, because it is not what the consumer will buy in those countries. These companies make ingredients based on what the consumer will buy, and what they can get away with (its a sad, but true money scheme). The US has no problem buying products with corn syrup as the main ingredient within (even though we have been taught that it is not good for our health), so the companies do not feel threatened to change their product. Heinz did however, release their “organic” version (which is what they have been selling to Europe for decades), only because they lost a huge market of people buying their ketchup, because of people becoming more aware of the high corn syrup content. They did not want to lose revenue, so released a more natural version, to gain back their health conscience costumers. 

      Monsanto is the one who started all of the genetic modifications to our food, and holds the patent to it. Because of his patent, he has put many small organic farmers out of business, because other farmers will be growing GMO crops nearby, and the bees pollenate both crops, which sometimes results in the organic crops becoming genetically modified by Monsanto’s nearby crops. Monsanto then sues that organic farmer (to put him out of business and eliminate competition), on grounds of the organic farmer growing crops with his patent GMO’s (which again, was from the bees pollenating, or wind carrying seeds over), and does not have a written contract with Monsanto to be able to do so. Sadly, Monsanto always wins these cases in courts. Monsanto also has deep money pockets with the government. He is paying many government officials to allow this disruption with our foods. 

      It is up to consumers like you and I, to take a stance and be a voice to speak up against what is happening with our foods, in order for real change to happen. If we stop buying products that are detrimental to our health, then the companies will find a way to make it healthier and more appealing. If we stoped buying all commercial genetically modified foods in the grocery stores, then farmers would be forced to move in the direction of more naturally growing crops, otherwise they will lose all of their income. 

      In order to bring about change with major corporations and the government, it has to hit them in their wallets, before they will really listen. This means, that a great number of people have to collectively make a stance, in order for that to happen. Education is power!

  14. Hey, I enjoy a lot while reading your article on antioxidants in our life. While reading I know that antioxidants are molecules that break down and neutralize free radical compounds within our body. Aging, significant role in the number of antioxidants our body can produce naturally. Antioxidants have been proven to increase health and help prevent chronic illnesses. Thanks for your lovely guide.

    1. Thank you Parveen! I’m so very glad that you enjoyed this article and learned a bit more about antioxidants and free radicals. There is another article out now on my website, covering the Top 10 Antioxidant Rich Foods, if you would love to read that one as well.

      Thank you again, and may you have an amazing day! 🙂

  15. 100% we all need antioxidants in our life. This is such a great article as it can open so many people’s eyes to what these amazing types of food can do.

    I really wish people took their nutrition more seriously because I believe it would stop a lot of the problems with healthcare around the world. Like you say these food groups can even prevent cancer! That is unbelievable for many people but the research says it all!

    1. I’m with you Mike! I wish more than anything to see people taking charge of their health, and living longer, more abundant lives. All we can do is try to educate people the best we can. But, the choice boils down to the individual, as to what direction to take with health. For the old saying is, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.”

  16. Brandy thanks for this post it is great and I would like to point to it as an external link in my own Paleo Lifestyle website.

    I absolutely get your point about dieting being ineffective I make the same point in my own writing and it is great to be validated by such an authoritative  and extremely professional site.

    For me it is about balance and lifestyle, fresh good quality food, regular exercise, good sleeping habits and paying attention to issues such as you are writing about here.

    Great post thanks so much

    1. Thank you so much Hamish! 

      It is an honor that you would want to link this article to your website, and give you full permission to do so. 

      Balance is everything, and I noticed that some people realize this earlier than others, while (sadly) there are some, who never quite come to understand this concept at all. I’m just trying to help people the best way I can, by sharing with them ways that could help them feel better, and possibly live longer, healthier lives. 

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article, and leave a such a wonderful comment!

      May your paleo website be a great success!

  17. Health is wealth is a popular saying, but we many a times concentrate on work and other things neglecting our health, owning to work hazard, we are exposed to a lot of pollution from food and environment.
    I love the statement where you categorically pointed out the vital usefulness of antioxidants in increasing health and preventing chronic illness. This article is a must read for everybody, who wants to live long

    1. You are so very correct Parameter! Health is wealth, and it is so easy to get caught up in the rat race today, neglecting our own health as a result of it. Many don’t realize the need for changing diets and habits, until the are in the doctors office, faced with options of how to deal with a chronic illness of some sort, that could have been preventable. 

      Hoping that more and more people become aware of the importance of health, at a much earlier stage in their life, in order to prevent the possibility of developing chronic diseases later in life. 

  18. Thank you for your article. I have never learned a lot about antioxidant and free radicals. All I have ever been told is they are found in abundance in various superfoods and that they are good for your health and preventing cancer. Your article covers so many points about why we should take them but also about supplements. I would always go for fresh food over a supplement if it is possible. I will be taking a closer look at your site. Thank you

    1. Thank you! Raising health awareness so you can be your best, is what Better Health and Home is all about. We are so very happy that you are enjoying your experience, and encourage you to stay tuned, for we will be launching our all-natural products and superfood powder blends online in our store soon. They have been a big hit here locally in Florida, and are fin the process of making the products available nationwide. 

      Be blessed!

  19. Now this is a very interesting eye opener for me. I was under the impression that supplements will do better as fruit and vegies is not as nutritive as 100 years ago or is that a marketing gimmick from the big pharma as well. What you explain here make totally sense to me. The cost of whole fruit and vegies is way cheaper than the counterpart supplements in any case and then you get more than just an antioxidant. Thank you for a very engaging and informative post.

    Phillip

    1. You are so very welcome Philip! Thank you for taking the time to read our article. We hope that you find many more within our website that you enjoy, and most of all, may you stay in good health. 

  20. Hello there!

    Those are some helpful tips you have in that article, making the article pretty commendable. I’ve always known that antioxidants play some vital roles for proper functioning of the health but i never had enough knowledge on how that can affect one’s health so positively. It’s good to see that antioxidants can actually help prevent one against chronic illness.

    Thanks

    1. You are so very welcome! Antioxidants are quite remarkable indeed, and we can benefit so much from them. May you find many ways to incorporate them into your diet. 

  21. Anti-oxidants are valuable to our heart health, reduce cancer risks, and many other things.  I am of the belief that supplements are a valuable alternative to getting it from your foods, especially for things like magnesium, which can be very hard to get from foods.  We are not limited to just foods, and supplements are safe, as long as you don’t greatly exceed the recommend dosage.  Supplements have actually helped me maintain my health.  Traditional doctors don’t lend much weight to it, and since they don’t know much about supplements, the say you have to get it from food.

    1. Hi Anthony! Antioxidants are amazing indeed! Though supplements do play a role in health, nothing beats getting the nutrients from its rawest form. 

      There are also many foods that are rich in magnesium. Below is a good start, but there are still many more than just this list alone. 

      Pumpkin seed – kernels: Serving Size 1 oz, 168 mg
      Almonds dry roasted: Serving Size 1 oz, 80 mgSpinach, boiled: Serving Size ½ cup, 78 mgCashews, dry roasted: Serving Size 1 oz, 74 mgPumpkin seeds in shell: Serving Size 1 oz, 74 mgPeanuts, oil roasted: Serving Size ¼ cup, 63 mgCereal, shredded wheat: Serving Size 2 large biscuits, 61 mgSoymilk, plain or vanilla: Serving Size 1 cup, 61 mgBlack beans, cooked: Serving Size ½ cup, 60 mgEdamame, shelled, cooked: Serving Size ½ cup, 50 mgDark chocolate -60-69% cacoa: Serving Size 1 oz, 50 mgPeanut butter, smooth: Serving Size 2 tablespoons, 49 mgBread, whole wheat: Serving Size 2 slices, 46 mgAvocado, cubed: Serving Size 1 cup, 44 mgPotato, baked with skin: Serving Size 3.5 oz, oz, 43 mgRice, brown, cooked: Serving Size ½ cup, 42 mgYogurt, plain, low fat: Serving Size 8 oz, 42 mgBreakfast cereals fortified: Serving Size 10% fortification, 40 mgOatmeal, instant: Serving Size 1 packet, 36 mgKidney beans, canned: Serving Size ½ cup, 35 mgBanana: Serving Size 1 medium, 32 mgCocoa powder– unsweetened: Serving Size 1 tablespoon, 27 mgSalmon, Atlantic, farmed: Serving Size 3 oz, 26 mgMilk: Serving Size 1 cup, 24–27 mgHalibut, cooked: Serving Size 3 oz, 24 mgRaisins: Serving Size ½ cup, 23 mgChicken breast, roasted: Serving Size 3 oz, 22 mgBeef, ground, 90% lean: Serving Size 3 oz, 20 mgBroccoli, chopped & cooked: Serving Size ½ cup, 12 mgRice, white, cooked: Serving Size ½ cup, 10 mgApple: Serving Size 1 medium, 9 mgCarrot, raw: Serving Size 1 medium, 7 mg

  22. Hi Brandy, 

    Very interesting read. There was a lot of information I did not know. It appears you have done your research and I feel like I could trust the facts that you have provided to help improve ones life. 

    I happen to be one of the two categories you described that it is physically evident I have not followed these guidelines. I imagine if I had known this and put my mind to it I would be a different person. I guess it is never too late to start. I am now pushing 50. The part where you mentioned the body stops producing certain things to keep you healthy. I am there! I have had to make changes in my diet to prevent from becoming even more out of shape. 

    This information has helped me to understand some of the things I need to investigate and try. On top of all the normal things that can harm you, you need to keep the immune system at its finest. Eating an antioxidant diet will help with that, I think.

    Thank yo for the information, it has helped!

    Chad

    1. Hi Chad! I’m grateful that you have found some useful information within this article. And you are absolutely correct, it is never to late to start implementing healthy practices. For we can not change the past, but we can pave the way for the future. 

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