What is an antioxidant? We often hear they are good for us, but many of us are not sure why.
Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body.
Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm if their levels become too high in your body. They’re linked to multiple illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer AND WRINKLES.
Your body has its own antioxidant defenses to keep free radicals in check and they also can be found in food, especially in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based, whole foods.
Many compounds in our diet such as dark chocolate, blueberries and green and rooibos tea contain high levels of antioxidants.
Free radicals are constantly being formed in your body and your body needs to maintain a certain balance of free radicals and antioxidants.
When free radicals outnumber antioxidants, it can lead to a state called oxidative stress.
Prolonged oxidative stress can damage your DNA and other important molecules in your body and some scientists have theorized that it plays a pivotal role in the aging process
Several lifestyle, stress, and environmental factors are known to promote excessive free radical formation and oxidative stress, including:
- air pollution
- cigarette smoke
- alcohol intake
- high blood sugar levels
- high intake of Omega 6 fats (seed oils: canola, soy etc)
- radiation, including excessive sunbathing
- bacterial, fungal, or viral infections
- excessive intake of iron, magnesium, copper, or zinc
As you can see there are lots of reasons why we need to increase our intake of antioxidants, not only to keep our skin looking healthy and vibrant, but to reduce the chance of chronic illness.
Harmony Tea Co’s Anti-Aging Signature Blend contains a combination of potent antioxidants including blueberries, cacao nibs and green, oolong and rooibos teas, to help promote youthful aging and increased vitality.
Not only does it contain so many anti-aging ingredients, it tastes amazing too!
2 cups a day can be your own secret fountain of youth!