The Role Antioxidants have on Cancer
Our body can help us prevent or get rid of invaders that can inhabit our system and cause disease. Free radicals, for example, which is a normal byproduct found in our cells, has the potential of harming us at high concentrations. Our cells along with our proteins and DNA that have a role in our immunity can become damaged to a point where it can no longer spring back to normal. Since free radicals are naturally occurring, it is impossible to completely get rid of, but there is something we can do to ensure it remains controlled and does not rise. Antioxidants can be thought of as a medicine in preventing cancer because of its ability to neutralize free radicals. The free radical scavengers may be applied to our body or ingested in the form of food or supplements.
What Can I Take That is Rich in Antioxidants?
Vitamin A:There are three forms of vitamin A that can be found in foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, liver, egg yoks, and milk.
Beta Carotene: Beta Carotene is the precursor to Vitamin A, and is in leafy green as well as fruits of yellow or orange pigment such as carrots, squash, pumpkin, and mangos.
Vitamin C: This water-soluble antioxidant is an essential nutrient primarily found in citrus fruits and dark, leafy greens as well as fish, poultry, and beef. 60-80mg should be taken daily to support the immune system and fight common colds and prevent cancer.
Vitamin E: This fat-soluble antioxidant (also known as alpha-tocopherol) is found in vegetable oils, seeds, nuts, and green, leafy vegetables. It is recommended to take at least 22 IU per day.
Selenium: Selenium is a trace mineral necessary for metabolism as poses as a potent antioxidant. It can be found in veggies grown in selenium-rich soil, eggs, chicken, red meat, garlic, and fish.
Lycopene: This antioxidant is primarily found in found in fruits such as papaya, watermelon, guava, pink grapefruit, and tomatoes.
Lutein: Lutein is not just a substance that is linked with healthy eyes, it is the least known free radical scavenger food in dark, leafy greens such as spinach, collards, and kale.
Berries:Anything in the berry family (strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, elderberries, goji berries) serves as a tasty, low-sugar treat that is packed with antioxidants. Go ahead and eat it by itself, have it with yogurt, or add it to your salad.