Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Antioxidants & Free Radicals


Free radicals accumulate during intense training. Without getting into the chemistry of free radicals it is important to know that they disrupt normal living cells and hence cause damage to one’s health. Antioxidants are required to neutralize and combat excessive amounts of free radicals. Antioxidants include vitamins C, vitamin E, beta carotene and zinc support the immune system and reduce the accumulation and production of free radicals.

Beta-carotene – carrots, sweet potatoes, liver, egg yolk, milk, spinach...
Vitamin C – oranges, strawberries, grapefruit, blueberries, squash

Vitamin E – nuts, green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals, wheat germ...

Zinc – oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, whole grains and dairy products...


Here are a few recipes that are loaded with antioxidants:

Breakfast


Salads & Sides


Entrees

1 comment:

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