antioxidants

What’s that Cup Of Coffee Really Doing for You?

(Guest Post)
Coffee is something that many of us enjoy from time to time. Some of us more than others. The effects of coffee can be considered one of natures greatest gifts. Gives us a boost of energy, a new-found alertness, and the motivation to get up and get going. Some of us simply like coffee to enjoy the taste, and warmth. So what’s in that cup of coffee that makes us feel that way? Many of us think there is no way there could be a health benefit, and some believe that coffee affects your health in a negative way. Read More…

What are Antioxidants, and How can They Benefit You?

(Guest post by Darlene Mills — Thanks Darlene!)
How do Antioxidants Work?

A lot of antioxidants are being offered in the market, all of which boast of making your health and lifestyle better. But for starters, what exactly are antioxidants? These are substances and nutrients found in the food we eat which can prevent or at least slow down oxidative damage to our bodies. More precisely, they inhibit the process of oxidation in our bodies. This produces free radicals which can then start chain reactions – when these occur in a cell, it can cause damage and even death. What antioxidants do is to stop these chain reactions by getting rid of free radical intermediates and inhibiting other oxidation reactions. In a nutshell (and in less complicated terms), these antioxidants act as ‘free radical scavengers’ which exterminate these free radicals and prevent any damage caused by them.

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