If you're unfamiliar, you may just think its just another buzzword in the fitness community for some kind of superfood.
While fitness junkies are all about antioxidants, let us tell you about our favorite way to think about them.
We visualize antioxidants as tiny, but powerful warriors, that can protect you and your cells against the harmful effects of free radicals.
Sounds intense, right?
But cute metaphors aside, antioxidants really do look out for us and boost our overall health.
Read on to learn the number of health benefits of antioxidants, the best ways to consume them, and what the heck free radicals even are.
Antioxidants for Men: Why Do We Need Them?
Antioxidants have an incredible effect on the body.
These tiny warriors can improve our heart health, work to prevent infections, help prevent cognitive decline, and even help to prevent certain cancers.
In everything that they do, antioxidants are battling what we call free radicals.
While explaining the chemistry of free radicals is a bit complex (Medical News Today does a good job if you're hoping to dive in), it's easy to list out the ways that they are present in our lives.
These are a few contributors of free radicals in our body:
- Environmental factors like pollution
- Too much exercise
- Trauma in our tissues due to injuries
- Bad foods that are refined, processed or artificial
- Certain chemicals like pesticides and some drugs
Some pretty bad stuff, right?
The good thing is, antioxidants are up for the challenge.
Antioxidants for Men: Where Can We Find Them?
That gnarly list of things that create free radicals is argument enough for why we need antioxidants.
But where can we find them?
The weird thing is, you won't ever find “antioxidant” on nutrition labels. That's because “antioxidant” isn't the name of a certain food, but rather a name of what those foods DO.
Antioxidants are present in many different forms across natural foods and substances. You may already be eating some of them!
Here are some everyday foods that are excellent sources of antioxidants:
- Fruits: Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, grapes, citrus, fruits with pits
- Vegetables: Kale, artichokes, bell peppers, broccoli, beets, asparagus, tomatoes
- Nuts: Hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, almonds
- Starches: Sweet potatoes
- Legumes: Edamame, kidney beans, lentils
Here is a list of some additional antioxidant sources:
- Teas: green tea (especially matcha), black tea, white tea, oolong tea,
- Spices: cumin, oregano, ginger, cinnamon, clove, tumeric
- Treats: Quality dark chocolate, red wine in moderation, coffee, tea
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Antioxidants for Men: Are They All the Same?
As you're reading through the list, it may be easy to say, “Oh, I already eat blueberries. I'm all stocked up on antioxidants!”
Just as antioxidants take different forms in foods and substances, they take different actions in your body.
The list of foods and supplements that contain antioxidants is a great way to familiarize yourself with the array of options out there.
But when it comes down to it, these are the vitamins within those foods that contain the antioxidants.
- vitamin E
- vitamin C
- vitamin A
Every antioxidant does a slightly different job in our bodies, which is why it's imperative to have a varied and balanced diet.
Antioxidants for Men: How Much is Enough?
Before you get too antioxidant happy, it's important to know the correct dosage of antioxidants for men.
I know, we spent all this time telling you how amazing antioxidants for men are, and now we're putting a limit on it?
Like everything in life, a moderate dose of antioxidants is all you need – and in fact, is all that's healthy for you.
It is unlikely that you'll ever eat too many natural foods that contain antioxidants to ever be unhealthy. Realistically, you would tire of the flavors and move onto something else.
However, antioxidant supplements are where the potential danger of overdose lies.
It has been found that excessively high doses of beta-carotene supplements have led to an increased risk of lunch cancer in smokers. Also, high doses of vitamin E supplements have been seen to lead to risk of hemorrhagic stroke and prostate cancer.
While there are serious risks to high doses of antioxidant supplements, a balanced diet with an array of natural antioxidant foods is perfectly safe.
Antioxidants are a great way to boost an already-healthy lifestyle.
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*Please know that weight loss results & health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on antioxidants for men.