3 Things To Know About Antioxidants
1) What Vitamins Are Antioxidants?
High antioxidant foods are usually high in vitamin A, vitamin E, or vitamin C. These are the vitamins known to be antioxidants. In some antioxidant tests, the antioxidant potential of a food or substance is compared to vitamin E or vitamin C.
What Other Substances Are Antioxidants?
High antioxidant foods could also be high in phenolic acids, polyphenols and flavonoids. Some phenolic acids that you may already be familiar with include:
a. Salicylic acid, the substance that pharmacologists try to mimic to create aspirin
b. Gallic acid, one of the key components in tea responsible for its medicinal values
c. Gentisic acid, one of the chemical components found in soy
d. Propyl paraben, a wax that may be used in the food and cosmetic industries
High concentrations are found in dried fruits.
Polyphenols are chemicals that are found both in nature and in the chemical
Some polyphenols you may already have heard of include:
a. Tannic acid, a substance that has astringent properties and makes your mouth pucker
b. Caffeic acid, found in coffee (caffeine)
c. Ellagic acid, the substance found in raspberries that helps reduce tumor size
d. Resorcinol, found in resveratrol
Flavonoids are essentially bioflavonoids. One particular one is called quercetin, found primarily in buckwheat, onions and citrus fruits.They are found in a number of fruits. These healthy components help boost heart function, are antimicrobial, stop allergy reactions, are anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory.
Although these compounds don’t have antioxidant activity of their own, they will multiply the effects of other constituents like antioxidant vitamins in foods.
2) You Can Rate Foods Based On Antioxidant Capability
Foods can be rated in their antioxidant activity.
Here’s a table that was taken from a white paper called Antioxidant Activity by Aruna Prakash, PhD, Fred Rigelhaf and Eugene Miller, PhD from Medallion Laboratories in Minneapolis, MN.
From this chart you can see that anything that is deep purple or red ranks high on the antioxidant chart. This means it would be packed full of nutrients to quench free radicals and prevent degenerative disease.
3) There Are Tests For Antioxidant Potential
Antioxidant potential is measured by one of several different tests:
ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity method. That’s a mouthful. This methods compares foods and substances to a form of water-soluble vitamin E called Trolox™.
TEAC stands for Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity Method. Since color is related to the potential of a food or substance to have antioxidant potential, this test measures a loss of color of the food when an antioxidant is added to the food.
TRAP stands for Total Radical-Trapping Antioxidant Parameter method. This method is more complicated than the previous two.
An oxidation reaction is initiated and then calculations are made on the substance being tested. Then a calculation is made, and the answer is compared to Trolox.
There are other methods to test antioxidants but these are the primary ones.
The FDA states that claims cannot be made for a product about antioxidants unless specific criteria are fulfilled.
For example, if you want to say that carrots are a good source of antioxidant beta-carotene, you must have at least 10% of the recommended daily intake for beta-carotene in that food in one serving.
High Antioxidant Foods That Can Accelerate Your Facial Exercises Progress
To hasten your progress and to turn back the hands of time, you will need to add high antioxidant foods to your diet. The purpose of this is to quench the free radicals that contribute to aging.
Luckily antioxidants can actually get into the wrinkles and begin reversing them from the inside out.
Here’s a list of 7 foods that should be in your diet at least 4 times a week:
1. Pomegranantes, cherries, cherry juice, or raspberries.
2. Citrus fruits or buckwheat.
3. Legumes such as lentils.
4. Beans such as red beans or kidney beans.
5. Spices like oregano, mint, sage, and cinnamon.
6. Nuts such as walnuts, almonds and pistachios.
7. Blueberries or goji berries.
With an added increase of high antioxidant foods in your diet, you’ll not only feel better; you’ll look better and start to see the wrinkles melt away.