What is an Antioxidant?

It is all well and good us promoting the antioxidant benefits of Fivaday– but unless you know what an antioxidant is, you may not even know what you’re missing!

First we need to know what a free radical is.  

Free radicals are created in the body from normal essential metabolic process like exercise, or when your body converts energy to food.  You can think of them like the exhaust fumes of work.  But, they can also be a result of external exposure to x-rays, smoke, air pollution, industrial chemicals and the ozone.  

The thing is, free radicals are a bit cheeky, because they are short of an electron, they snatch what they need from other cells.  In the process, these other cells become unstable and then become a free radical themselves – and so the cycle continues.  

When the number of free radicals outweighs the body’s ability to cope with them, we end up with oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress can damage cells and even our DNA.  It is mostly associated with premature aging,but it has also been seen to play a role in many health conditions like diabetes,cancer, and cognitive decline.  

So, here come our antioxidants.

Antioxidants neutralise free radicals – they do have a few tricks up their sleeve to do this, but they can donate an electron, to stabilise the free radical.  In this process, they don’t themselves become destabilised, so they stop the cycle!  Nifty things aren’t they!

Our body produces some antioxidants on its own, but an insufficient amount, so it can be helpful to get them through the diet.  

Antioxidants are plentiful in fruits and vegetables. Not only do you get the antioxidant benefits by increasing your intake,but you will also be reaping the rewards of vitamins, minerals, and fibre too!  Which as we all know is crucial to our gut health.

Some Dietary Sources of Antioxidants include:

-      Carrots,

-      Broccoli,

-      Sweet Potatoes,

-      Tomatoes,

-      Oranges,

-      Green Peppers,

-      Leafy Greens,

-      Nuts and Seeds,

-      Whole grains,

-      Grapes,

-      Berries,

-      Tea/Coffee  

Fivaday is clinically proven to contain an antioxidant boost equivalent to 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.  It is a great way to increase your existing dietary intake!

Join the Fivaday gang and get consuming as many fruit and vegetables as possible!

Fivaday Team