Myths and Facts About Antioxidants

Nowadays there are a lot of products with labels containing antioxidants. This certainly keeps you interested for immediate purchase and assume will be healthy by eating the product. Is it true that antioxidants so great?

Studies have found that consuming antioxidants can influence and make a big difference to health. Here are 6 myths associated with antioxidants, as quoted by the Washington Post, Tuesday (07/05/2013):

Myth 1: Antioxidants are all the vitamins

In fact, there are thousands of antioxidants. However, only a few of vitamins. Some minerals and others are enzymes. This enzyme is a protein molecule that facilitates a chemical reaction and is required for cells to function properly.

Myth 2: All antioxidants are created equal

In fact, every antioxidant against free radicals different, but they work just as well. For example, vitamin C recycles vitamin E. If the molecule of vitamin E to neutralize free radicals, vitamin C converts vitamin E molecule antioxidants back into shape, which allows it to combat free radicals.

Myth 3: Make sure to consume fruit 'superbugs' such as pomegranates and various types of berries

In fact, all of the fruit is the fruit of 'super', not just a particular fruit as long as it is often known. Each type of fruit or vegetable has a unique combination of healthy compounds, including antioxidants. If you are choosing a particular type of fruit that are considered 'super', then you will lose a combination of nutrients that are contained in other fruits.

Myth 4: Always supplements

In fact, do not always rely on supplements, but focus on natural nutrients through food intake. Clinical trials have examined the ability of certain antioxidants to fight disease. Antioxidants in supplement form has not shown promising results.

Discuss with your doctor if you feel the need for antioxidant supplements, because the study says some supplements can cause damage.

Myth 5: More consumption of antioxidants, better

In fact, too much can also cause problems. Be wary of supplements labeled 'high dose'. This type contains more antioxidants than the daily recommended value. Some evidence suggests that when taken in high doses, antioxidants can become pro-oxidants. This substance actually increase the production of free radicals, especially in people who drink alcohol or smoke.

Possible dangers of excessive consumption is much smaller if the natural antioxidants from food. However, take one kind of fruit or vegetable in excessive amounts can also give a strange effect in the body. For example, eating carrots or other vegetables rich in beta-carotene in large quantities can cause skin orange.

Myth 6: Food packaging with labels promising antioxidant definitely make the body more healthy

In fact, the antioxidant claims on food packaging is not always beneficial to health. Some food manufacturers add antioxidants such as vitamin C or E, and then label products as containing antioxidants, probably more towards the goal to increase sales.