What are antioxidants and why you need them in your diet
Antioxidants are a needed to protect the body from molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals occur naturally in our bodies. There are also external factors that increase free radical production including: stress, the burning of sugars from an unhealthy diet, along with the break down of medications and toxins. Free radicals cause cell damage by oxidization (much the same way that oxygen in the air rusts exposed metal on a car). Oxidization of cells is common pathway to aging and development of a range of illnesses and diseases including cancers, and cardiovascular disease. Luckily antioxidants are around to neutralize these free radicals.
Unfortunately, our bodies do not have enough antioxidants to fight all the free radicals, thus we must make sure our diet includes them. To get enough antioxidants it is recommended that we eat 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Not an easy thing to do for most people, but luckily I get my daily allotment in one glass of Shakeology. Shakeology has 12 different super foods which are considered to be antioxidants including: Cacao, Acerola Cherry, Pomegranate, Camu-Camu, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Blueberry, Açai, Green Tea, Rose Hips, Cinnamon, and Luo Han Guo.
The most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits is the Pomegranate.
Punicalagin is a compound found only in pomegranates that is responsible for pomegranate’s antioxidant and health benefits. Some health benefits that have been reported from punicalagin include:
- Lowering of blood pressure
- Lowering of cholesterol
- Inhibits abnormal platelet aggregation to help prevent strokes and heart attacks
- Promotes the reversal of atherosclerotic plaques
- Inhibit cancers including breast, prostate, colon and leukemia
- Improves depression symptoms
- Protects against osteoporosis
So instead of going to the doctor to get on medications to decrease your blood pressure, consider discussing with your doctor a trial of just drinking a glass of Shakeology on a daily basis. A glass a Shakeology a day may just be the thing to keep the doctor away!
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Shakeology is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or been evaluated by theFood and Drug Administration.