Many of our ingredients are high in antioxidants; sounds good but what are they and why do we need them?

To fully explain the role of antioxidants in the body we’d need to get technical which we’re not really qualified to do, but if you are interested here is a link gives you the low down on the science behind free radicals and antioxidants.
In simple terms antioxidants help neutralise the effects of free radicals in the body. The antioxidants stabilise or deactivate the pesky free radicals, which, if not stopped, would attack cells in the body, causing damage and disease.

Free radicals are produced naturally in the body to help fend off viruses and microbes, however environmental factors such as pollution, sunlight, stress, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can aggravate free radical formation leading to an imbalance.

The body also produces antioxidants naturally but not in sufficient quantity. Therefore we need to top up our levels from the food we eat. Most of the powerful antioxidants occur naturally in whole, plant-based foods such as fruit, veg, nuts, and berries.

Vitamins A, C and E are all well-known antioxidants present in colourful fruit and vegetables particularly blue, purple, red, orange and yellow ones as well as dark green leafy vegetables (i.e. blueberries, raspberries, grapes, carrots, sweet potato, plums, oranges, kale, etc.) – hence the phrase ‘EAT THE RAINBOW’. However the list of antioxidant rich food doesn’t end there – nuts, cocao and red wine are also great sources of antioxidants…There is a God after all!!

So by eating lots of lovely colourful whole fruit, veg, nuts and seeds, all washed down with a glass of red and a chunk or three of dark chocolate, we are actually helping prevent cell damage and disease as well as slowing the ageing process and giving our skin a healthy glow… Enjoy!