So you have heard of antioxidants before.. right? How can you not! These words are slammed on every food label possible form cereal and muesli bars to fruit and bread its hard to avoid hearing about them. But do you actually know why we need to eat foods that are packed full of them?
To put it briefly (very brief in fact) antioxidants percent cell damage within our body which is caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. We are exposed to free radicals through by-products of normal everyday processes in our bodies (such as the burning of sugars for energy and the release of digestive enzymes to break down food), when the body breaks down certain medicines and through pollutants.
Antioxidants include vitamins (such as vitamins C and E), minerals (such as selenium), and flavonoids, which are found in plants. The best sources of antioxidants are vegetables and fruits.
If you would like help with meal ideas and plans , contact NZ Registered Nutritionist Larissa Beeby for an appointment either online, in person or over the phone.
Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist