Our diets naturally include antioxidants, and many supplements also contain them as a crucial component. These days, the term "antioxidant" is somewhat of a buzzword, and antioxidant vitamins and minerals are very well-liked. What is the reason for this? And what precisely are antioxidants? Here we will look a little at how a cell works, how a cell dies, and why antioxidants are so important.
Our cells are made up of various parts but all you need to know about in this instance is the cell wall and the nucleus. The cell wall, surrounded by mitochondria, is the part of the cell that of course holds everything together and gives the cell its round appearance.
Meanwhile, the nucleus is the center of the cell, which is often referred to as the 'control center'. Here is where the DNA is stored, the 'blueprint' that tells the cell what it looks like, how to behave, and where the other important cells go in the body.
Unfortunately though what's also in our body is 'free radicals and this is where the antioxidant vitamins and minerals come in. Essentially free radicals are substances that travel around the body and damage the cells. They are a by-product of many things from simply breathing to getting too much direct sunlight.
Antioxidant vitamins and minerals from fruits, vegetables, and even supplements will help you to do this – by destroying the free radicals on impact thereby preventing them from ever causing that damage. These will then slow your visible aging and help to deter cancer.
- Misty Cassady