One of the most memorable line from the James Bond movies came when 007 was coming out of the clinic. A minor MI-6 functionary asks him if he knows what his mission is to be, and Bond, James Bond, leans in a conspiratorial fashion and relates “I am to eliminate all Free Radicals”.
The joke was that the free radicals which 007 was to eliminate are a lot more common than most people understand. As it turns out, they may be almost as dangerous to the body than the bad-guy spies were to Queen and Country.
This really is not the best forum to review high school chemistry, but free radicals have an important role in many different common chemical reactions. They are not quite the stuff that holds the Universe together (everyone knows that is duct tape), but they are very important. Essentially, a free radical is an atom, molecule, or ion with an unpaired electron. Electrons prefer to be paired, which means that free radicals are very reactive.
One of the most common free radical reactions is oxidation. An example of oxidation is the rusting of metal. There are some types of oxidation which occur in the body that may result in premature aging or degenerative disease.
Free radicals are formed through contact with pollution, exposure to some types of radiation and toxic chemicals, as well as the metabolic process of breaking down stored fat for energy. The best way to prevent the damage done by the free radicals is to consume antioxidant nutrients.
A list of the ten most powerful antioxidant foods has been circulating around the web recently. The most powerful antioxidant food is thought to be dried small red bean, followed by wild blueberries, kidney beans, pinto beans, cultivated blueberries, cranberries, cooked artichokes, blackberries, prunes and raspberries.
The health benefits of these foods are pretty obvious, and the top ten make for a neat article. However, we recognize that not everyone enjoys eating or preparing dried beans, and that the berries can be difficult to find at certain times of the year, so we would like to include the next ten on the list. Number 11 is strawberries, followed by Red Delicious and then Grannie Smith Apples, pecans, sweet cherries, black plums, cooked russet potatoes, dried black beans, plums, and Gala Apples.
Armed with this list of antioxidant foods you should be better able to get more antioxidants into your diet. One thing to keep in mind is that unless otherwise indicated, most of these foods lose some of their antioxidant power when cooked. So it is better to enjoy the tartness of a Grannie Smith sliced into a salad than baked into a fattening pie.
Even with this list, some of us will still have difficulty getting enough antioxidants, but there are supplements available. The top ten antioxidant supplements include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, some of the B Vitamins like B-12 and folic acid, alpha-lipoic acid, manganese, selenium, zinc, amino acids like L-carnosine and N-acetyl cysteine, L-taurine, melatonin, and coenzyme Q10.
Most health professionals agree that it is best to ingest these nutrients as part of your regular diet. If supplements are a good answer for you, we hope you will take a good look at the high purity, pharmaceutical grade supplements from BioSynergy Health Alternatives.