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Can antioxidants slow down the aging process?

Almost all the visible signs of aging, that we resist so much, are caused by cell-damaging oxidants in the body. Oxidants are released whenever something is burnt which is the reason why smoking can accelerate aging.

However, the majority of oxidants found within the body are a by-product of the process in which our bodies burn the food we eat to provide energy. Trying to prevent these oxidants from occurring is therefore not an option.

Fortunately, these harmful toxins can be eliminated with the help of antioxidants. Antioxidants are your body's natural defence against oxidants. Antioxidants can help prevent the cell damage that causes wrinkles, loss of vision and all the other unwanted effects of growing old. The more antioxidants you have in your body, the more oxidants that will be destroyed, and the less deterioration your body will experience through aging.

The problem is that the body often struggles to produce enough antioxidants to cope with the level of oxidants it is expose to. This is why it's important to boost you body's antioxidant levels by eating the right foods.

The most powerful antioxidants are vitamin A; found in carrots and tomatoes, Vitamin C; found in oranges and broccoli, and finally vitamin E which can be found in nuts and fish.

There are a number of foods that can help give your body an antioxidant boost, and therefore reduce the signs of aging. Four of the most powerful are as follows:

Carrots - the high levels of beta-carotene found in carrots can provide you with a significant antioxidant boost, and have a positive effect on several age related problems.

Tomatoes - the main antioxidant contained in tomatoes is lycopene which helps protect your skin from the sun and environmental toxins.

Tea - green tea in particular is packed full of the antioxidant catechin which can help slow down the aging process.

Citrus fruits - these contain a combination of antioxidants and phytochemicals which can help combat several of the main signs of aging.

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