information is a table listing various compounds reported
to be antioxidants.
Information: In order to understand how
important antioxidants are it is important to understand
and oxidative stress is.
In simplicity oxidants are unbalanced electrons 1,3,5 etc.
that attach to our cells and cause corrosion similar to
rust on steel. Antioxidants are balanced electrons such
as 2, 4, 6 etc. Human
oxidation is similar to oxidized paint on our automobiles
when they fade and loose their luster. Or like the corrosion
that occurs in car battery cables allowing the acids to
eat away the cable and corrode the battery post to stop
electrical flow. Oxidants
do the same to our cells. Oxidation
causes health problems such as dementia, aging, lung problems
and many more. Anti
oxidants are items that remove oxidants and are in the chemistry
world called reducers or redux hence antioxidants are not
just important but are life saving.
cannot expect antioxidants to over power
oxidants, if you are not willing to STOP ingesting oxidants!!!
claim a ratio of 70% antioxidants to 30%
is required for proper health.
Some oxidants are essential for us such as oxygen
we keep eating oxidant foods with excito toxins, drinking
alcohol, carbonated drinks or smoking it will be
foolish to expect antioxidants to do much for us!!!
of spoiling foods is a chemical transition of oxidants replacing
antioxidants.This means hamburger or fruit in its purest
form can be full of antioxidants but as it spoils it becomes
full to toxic oxidants. Green and Black teas come from the
same leaf. The green tea is full of antioxidants. Black
tea is prepared by making rows of the green leaf exposed
to the elements and turning it as it blackens and chemically
replacing antioxidants with poisonous toxins and fungus.
Many foods will change from antioxidant state to oxidative
state in the spoiling process. Thus
eating oxidant foods or drinks is like eating spoiled meat.
Antioxidants help remove oxidants but cannot be expected
to overcome them if we keep adding them to our body. When
we stop ingesting oxidants then antioxidants can begin to
clean up our body. Carbonated drinks especially those with
and the new sports drinks are destroying health because
they are full of poisonous oxidants. It is a terrible
situation that the things that are advertised and popular
such as tobacco, alcohol, black tea, coffee, and soft drinks
are destroying our health, and few recognize it. Add to
this the harm caused by many food oxidative additives and
we hardly have a chance to maintain our health. Since WWII
the incidence of disease has increased at an alarming rate.
This increase correlates to the increase of pesticides,
chemicals, and food additives.
Next are some research reports about oxidants
vs. antioxidants. After the reports is a table listing some
Medicine Plus: "Antioxidants are substances
that may protect your cells against the effects of free
radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your
body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like
tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells,
and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
Antioxidant substances include: Beta-carotene, Lutein, Lycopene,
Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E. Antioxidants
are found in many foods. These include fruits and vegetables,
nuts, grains, and some meats, poultry and fish." http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/antioxidants.html
American Heart Association: "What
are antioxidant vitamins? Much research has recently focused
on how antioxidant vitamins may reduce cardiovascular disease
risk. Antioxidant vitamins — E, C and beta carotene
(a form of vitamin A) — have potential health-promoting
properties. Though the data are incomplete, up to 30 percent
of Americans are taking some form of antioxidant supplement...The
American Heart Association doesn't recommend using antioxidant
vitamin supplements until more complete data are available.
We continue to recommend that people eat a variety of nutrient-rich
foods daily from all the basic food groups. Eating a variety
of foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol
will provide a natural source of these vitamins, minerals
and fiber." http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4452
Nutr Metab (Lond). 2007; 4: 8. "Thus, the beneficial
effects of curcumin on the metabolic abnormalities postulated
to be important in the development of diabetic retinopathy
suggest that curcumin could have potential benefits in inhibiting
the development of retinopathy in diabetic patients."
(3) Curcumin as an antioxidant may prevent blindness
USDA Food Rich in Antioxidants
Offer Important Protection By Gerald F. Combs, Jr."Not
many people think of oxygen as being toxic, but it's true.
Of course, we need oxygen to stay alive--that's why we breathe.
And we need more of it when we are doing physical work or
strenuous exercise. That's why we breathe harder and faster--to
get more oxygen to enable our cells to produce more energy.
But it turns out that some of the oxygen that we inhale
is--through our own metabolism--turned into highly reactive
forms that can interfere with essential functions within
cells. "Research has shown that these reactive
forms of oxygen are also necessary for certain essential
functions. We use reactive oxygen to kill bacteria and
to signal functional changes within blood vessels. But
when produced in excess, reactive oxygen can also damage
proteins, fats and DNA inside of cells. In this way, adverse
effects of oxygen have been linked with cardiovascular disease
and cancer, and also with aging, arthritis, cataracts, diabetes
and impaired immune function. Because these reactions involve
oxygen, they are called "oxidations". On the
other hand, there are also ways to protect cells against
such oxidative damage by blocking these oxidation reactions.
Factors that do this are called "anti-oxidants".
Because blocking oxidative damage may lead to reduced risks
of chronic disease, there is enormous interest in the health
roles of antioxidants." http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1868028
A recent query on the USDA web site showed
4,530 reports about antioxidants. Many web sites are quoting
a USDA report showing 20 top antioxidant foods see study
1 below. I could not find a reference to the report
on any of the sites I visited so I searched the FDA site
and could not find the article. I did find two other articles
that have similar study's and observed that each of the
three studies are different. The numbers for each do not
correlate because the quantity of food for each study is
different thus will effect the numbers. I put them here
for comparison and information with the sources that I found
for each. Although there is some controversy as to what
foods are the best, it shows foods that have high levels
of antioxidants. http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=15074