Grow Herbs – The Excellent Antioxidants Sources For Natural Healing

Anti-oxidants as the name implies counteracts the damaging effect of oxidation. An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules. In simple words, oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals. This can lead to chain reactions that damage cells. . Antioxidants are often called reducing agents because they terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and check other oxidation reactions by getting oxidized themselves.

Why do free radicals arise?

Free radicals arise normally during metabolism, sometimes out immune system purposely creates them to neutralize and combat with viruses and bacterias. Environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides also create free radicals. Examples are hydroxide (OH), and nitric oxide (NO) radicals. Free radicals are very unstable and react quickly with other compounds to capture the shortage of electron in order to gain stability. This process cascades resulting in disrupting and harming cells. Although the body can handle the free radicals naturally, if antioxidants are unavailable, excessive damages can occur which increases with aging.

Antioxidant Curing Remedies with Herbs

Although oxygen and hence oxidation is crucial for life, it can also be damaging; hence, plants maintain complex systems of multiple types of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, and vitamin E and enzymes such as catalase and various peroxidases. Low levels of antioxidants in human beings causes stress and may damage or kill cells. Antioxidants are also widely found in dietary supplements for maintaining good health and preventing ailments such as coronary heart disease and cancer. For example, they improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy by decrease side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Precautions

Antioxidants are required in low levels for human bodies, high doses of vitamins and minerals can be toxic. The National Academy of Sciences has come out with safe upper intake levels for adults of 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day and 1000 milligrams of vitamin E per day from both foods and supplements combined. Studies have not been conducted to know how higher levels than these will affect healthy persons.

Herbs – Precious Source of Antioxidants

Herbs are usually plants with aromatic and healing properties. They are mainly used to spice up foods and for preparation of herbal teas. Herbs contain many phytochemicals including antioxidants. Take antioxidants rich food; eating antioxidants in meals and drinking antioxidants in herbal tea, fresh juices will go a long way to assure you a healthy life style.

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