The Benefits of Antioxidant-Rich Food

Minnesota resident Anthony Pierpont held positions in the hospitality and venture capital industries before dedicating himself to his current role as residential and commercial realtor at RES Realty. One of Anthony Pierpont’s greatest interests is food, and he understands the benefits of an antioxidant-rich diet.

Anthony Pierpont

Antioxidant-rich foods promote well-being and healthy living by limiting the negative effects of oxidation. This natural process occurs when oxygen interacts with other elements. Common examples of oxidation are apples turning brown and new skin cells replacing dead ones.

When cells oxidize, between 1% and 2% of them may become free radicals. These join the ones that enter our bodies from the environment through car exhausts, pesticides, and cigarette smoke. Free radicals become problematic because they can mutate a cell and change its DNA. The more cells there are with irreparable damage, the greater chance there is for diseases.

However, antioxidants prevent the spread of free radicals by neutralizing them before they can harm the body. A diet featuring a combination of vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, and polyphenols provide an excellent way to mitigate the risk. Grapes, blueberries, nuts, and fish account for some of the most popular antioxidant-rich foods on the market.

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