There’s all sorts of fuss about antioxidants and how they’re really, really good for you. But have you ever wondered why they are beneficial to your health?
Let us tell you some little known facts and the science behind these super-powered substances.
what are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances that protect against oxidation. Hence why they’re called anti-oxidants (see what they did there!?)
What is oxidation, we hear you cry! Well, oxidation is a process caused by oxidising agents that are found from exposure to smoking, pollution, radiation and even just metabolising certain foods. These oxidising agents are commonly called free radicals, which are harmful to our cells and cause horrible diseases such as cancer.
Luckily there are many dietary antioxidants that can protect against this, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and E, Selenium and lots of phytochemicals with names too complicated to pronounce.
what are the benefits of antioxidants?
By neutralising free radicals, antioxidants have a huge amount of health benefits. They’re good for your hearth health, are anti-ageing for your skin cells and help you to ward of the common cold and other pesky illnesses.
Basically, by consuming foods and drinks like matcha that are naturally high in antioxidants, you’re doing your body a whole lotta good.
but can you have too much of a good thing?
Yes, you can.
By consuming too many, or using supplements, it inhibits your body’s ability to turn on its own antioxidant defence system.
What’s the solution? Consume them from natural sources and as with all things in life, do so in moderation.
what are the best sources of antioxidants?
When your mother told you to eat your greens, the lady wasn’t wrong. Leafy green vegetables are an excellent source of antioxidants, e.g. spinach and kale.
Blueberries, strawberries and even dark chocolate are also great sources of our favourite free-radical fighting superheroes.
How do we know this? Thanks to the ORAC scale, which measures how high in antioxidants foods are. Here it is for you to look at:
I mean look at that graph. Matcha smashes free radicals out of the park. Sorry Spinach, sorry Acai berries.
being healthy is a lifestyle, not a diet.
#TeamMatcha babes know this to be true. So if you end up smoking 20 fags on a night out or drive the 5 minutes it takes you to get to the gym for a workout, think about this logically.
No amount of a good diet can outrun your unhealthy lifestyle choices and neither can you out-train a bad diet.