A lot is being spoken nowadays about antioxidant rich foods such as plums, black currants, wine, apples, etc. Berries such as blueberries and the Brazilian acai berries are spoken with great respect too, and the discussion is all about their antioxidant properties. The biggest benefit, according to health gurus, is that these antioxidant foods can prevent the wear and tear of the body and can even delay the aging process itself. So, let us take a look at whether this is possible, and how it works if so.
First of all, we need to understand how the body ages. During our normal life cycle, we introduce several chemicals into our bodies, and these undergo reactions. When these metabolic processes take place, free radicals are produced. Free radicals are charged atoms that are byproducts of the many reactions taking place in the body. Now, we must know that it is these free radicals that wreak all the havoc in our body.
Free radicals are highly reactive chemical species. When they do not find anything to react with in the body, they react with the cells of the body themselves, and causes wear and tear. The cells die out, or become so worn out that they cannot perform the body tasks. Though this effect takes place all over the body, the impact is seen more on the skin, and that happens when the skin begins to wrinkle, develop crows’ feet and scars, and other such things that are associated with old age.
Now, antioxidants prevent the formation of free radicals, and even if they are produced, they remove them out of the body. As a result, these free radicals do not remain in the body and all the adverse effects associated with them are eliminated.
It is already scientifically proven that introducing healthy antioxidant rich food in our diet can keep free radicals at bay, and thus, it can slow down the entire aging process itself.