I included the chart above so you would be able to check out some of the benefits of antioxidants.
People spend copious amounts of money on the newest anti-aging pill, cream, or procedure. Aside from the effects of gravity, or hormones, one of the reasons we age and our health diminishes with time is due to free radicals. Free radicals can exist in the body from the break down of food, medications, and pollution. However, many are introduced into our bodies via pollution. We live in a world that is saturated by pollution.
Here’s some more info on free radicals.
…Environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides can spawn free radicals.
Normally, the body can handle free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age, http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm.
Free radicals create a destructive process in our cells, causing the molecules within the cells to become unstable. They may even be a big player in the formation of cancerous cells by a “chain-reaction” effect, causing other cells to become damaged. Because of the inherent instability of free-radicals, they try to attack other healthy cells to get stable themselves. This causes the once-healthy cells to react in the same way, attacking others in an never-ending attempt for cellular stability, http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-antioxidants/.
We can not always escape the pollution around us. We can, however, bypass smoking or spending time breathing in second hand smoke. Studies have shown that people who smoke tend to age faster (they look older than non-smokers). We also know the other health risks associated with smoking.
People who live in areas with high pollution tend to show signs of aging faster as well.
Excessive free-radical exposure harms the skin by damaging DNA and cell membranes that help keep skin intact, plump and firm. When the membranes are destroyed or disrupted, skin cells no longer perform their normal functions, like processing nutrients and eliminating waste. Pollution can also trigger inflammation and activate the enzymes that destroy collagen and elastin, resulting in thin, wrinkled, rough, blotchy skin. http://www.newbeauty.com/hottopic/blogpost/643-how-pollution-accelerates-aging/.
What can we do to offset all the pollution our bodies are exposed to? Antioxidants!
Antioxidants have been shown to help repair damage to cells by free radicals. I recommend the links above for more information on antioxidants and the chemical reactions that occur within the body.
The moral of the story is to eat your fruits and vegetables. Vitamins E and C are quite beneficial at helping the body to repair itself. Instead of spending money on lathering things on the outside, feed the body from within. I’ve met people who have lived a life of eating clean and working out and they look and feel great.
The list below contains foods that are high in antioxidants. The best choice is organic and free of pesticides.