We covered oxidation in a previous post that generated a few questions around antioxidant deficiency and disease so wanted to provide some further simple, brief and digestible information in this post.
Medical science is now beginning to consider the presence of a number of diseases such as Alzheimer's, cancer, heart disease, cataracts, diabetes, mental illness and rheumatoid arthritis as a sign of probable antioxidant deficiency. Scientific research has confirmed that many of the modern world diseases are associated with a shortage of antioxidant nutrients - which can be helped through an antioxidant rich diet or through supplementation.
Capable of predicting our biological age and expected lifespan, our antioxidant nutrient status may prove to be our most vital statistic for the future.
Vegetables, legumes, herbs, spices and fruits are excellent sources of important disease fighting and anti ageing phytonutrients and antioxidants. To obtain the full spectrum of phytonutrients and antioxidants you need to eat a wide variety of natural foods across every colour of the rainbow.
Scientific studies continue to show how antioxidants and phytonutrients can 'talk' directly to our genes, altering genetic expression. These compounds can silence oncogenes (cancer causing genes) and increase the expression of cancer suppression genes.
Look out for the next post in our series next week,
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