Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The importance of Antioxidants

When our bodies are under stress our cells become destabilized by Free Radicals. Think of Free Radicals as negative charges that are attacking a healthy cell. Our bodies counteract these free radicals by producing antioxidants which attack these free radicals. Unfortunately during the release of antioxidants, MORE free radicals are released.
For this reason it is important that our diets contain a sufficient amount of antioxidants to help protect our bodies from the damage that free radicals inflict on our cells.

When we exercise we are placing stress on our cells and it is only through proper rest and nutrition that we can build our cells stronger than they were before.
Vitamin A, C, E and a mineral called Selenium are all very high in antioxidants. There are others which include Co-enzyme Q10, grape seed extract and green tea which have high amounts of antioxidants.

Foods such as blueberries, strawberries, kiwis and tomatoes are also high on this list.
Unfortunately many of the foods we eat are not of the best quality and therefore a good multivitamin is recommended to ensure that we are getting the proper amounts of these and other key vitamins and minerals in our system. Runners, because we put ourselves through so much physical stress, are especially in need of a good multivitamin.
For information on what supplements are right for YOU contact me.