We just got some really great spam in the Natural Me Myspace Group about antioxidants. It was from a jii jiii juice pusher and it’s amazing how much you can learn from a spammer if you take the time to listen in between the sales pitch.
For real, it was like high school science class except with a financial motive but, what a great review.
Let me copy & paste all these wonderful nerdy words to know:
An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions by being oxidized themselves.
Antioxidants are found in many natural foods – from berries to broccoli, and even coffee and chocolate! They offer super protection for the body against all types of diseases and problems – especially those caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules which have separated in awkward manners, leaving an free unpaired electron floating around (free radicals). These “free radicals” are unstable, and they can react with other compounds, trying to get back their lost electron. This can cause unhealthy issues with everyday metabolic task.
Free radicals tend to attack the nearest stable molecule in an attempt to take an electron from it. This causes that molecule to become a free radical, which will then attack other molecules. This process would be left to grow exponentially if it were not for something to neutralize the process.
Eventually, this can lead to conditions such as cancer. Antioxidants help protect against damage from free radicals.
Antioxidants can actually give one of their electrons to a free radical, ending the cycle of reaction! The great thing about antioxidants is that they are stable, even if they lose an electron. Its a win/win situation.
So they can protect the body, without causing additional damage. There are several types of antioxidants that we know of, and there may be dozens, or even hundreds that we haven’t yet discovered.
Lycopene is a potent antioxidant that was not even discovered until the 1980s. Before then, we had no idea just how great tomatoes could actually be for us!
This is why it’s so important to eat a balanced diet. You can take vitamin supplements that contain antioxidants, but what about those that haven’t yet been discovered?
And that’s when he slipped in the sales pitch but hey, wasn’t he doing so good up until then? I was eating it up. He also gifted us with two bonus “Top 10” Lists (which I just love as I adore lists) and the second one is actually a Top 15 – whoo hooo!
Antioxidants are rated by an ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). The higher the ORAC the more successful the free radical protection.
10 Ways to Get More Antioxidants into your daily diet!
1. Eat dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate should be at least 75% cocoa.
2. Drink low sugar juices or tea instead of soda.
3. Add Acai berries or Acai juice to baked goods or smoothies. (go figure!)
4. Have fresh berries on your ice cream or cereal.
5. Add fresh spinach leaves to your salads.
6. Eat sprouts on your sandwiches instead of lettuce.
7. Add shredded carrots and squash to soups, stews, spaghetti sauce, and baked goods.
8. Spread roasted garlic onto whole wheat toast for an amazing snack.
9. Blend fresh fruits into delicious smoothies. Freeze the fruit before blending for a thicker, colder smoothie.
10. Use fresh and dried fruits in savory dishes. Add mango salsa to fish, pears to beef dishes, and raisins to ham.
Foods High In Antioxidants
These are some of the best antioxidant rich foods:
1. Acai Berries Highest ORAC Value
(hint hint, please buy my shit and sign up under me as a jiii jiii juice distributor)
2. Red Grapes
3. Chocolate (especially dark chocolate)
4. Black raspberries & blackberries
11. Noni fruit
15. Bell peppers
With a healthy daily intake of these antioxidant powerhouses (after you purchase the crap that I am selling), you are sure to lead a much healthier life. Enjoy!!!
Enjoy? You betcha!
Hell, after those super duper lists, I was almost ready to buy a case of the preservative enriched rain forest jiii jii berry juice.