09 Jul Get to Know Your Antioxidants
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants, a health buzzword that came to widespread attention after a scientific discovery on the effect of antioxidants on chronic conditions was made in the 90s.
Antioxidants are substances that protect our body against free radicals, unstable molecules that cause damage to the cells and DNA.
Free radicals are “waste materials” produced naturally from cell metabolism, exercise and stress. Exposure to cigarette smoke, sunlight (UV ray) and air pollution among other environmental factors also contribute to the formation of free radicals.  Their instability is caused by an unpaired electron, which leads to a process called oxidation where they “steal” an electron from other healthy molecules. This snowballs into a vicious chain reaction, causing more healthy molecules to turn into free radicals. The body eventually experiences oxidative stress when free radicals escalate out of proportion. Oxidative stress is linked to various illnesses including cancer, chronic and age-related conditions.
Antioxidants counteract this chemical reaction by donating electron to neutralize the free radicals. They also play a key role in DNA repair mechanisms and maintaining cell longevity.
Yes, you read right. Antioxidants slow down aging!
Natural Sources of Antioxidants
Some examples of antioxidants are Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene. Besides oranges that are commonly cited as sources of vitamin C, there are many other fruits packed with immense antioxidants.
Blueberries, Cranberries, Strawberries, Raspberries… Berries in general are excellent sources of antioxidants. They contain high levels of anthocyanins, pigments that exert antioxidant properties and give its red-purple-blue colors. It is no wonder that berries are called superfruits. The more, the berrier!
Not just any type of grape but the Muscadine grape, native to the southern part of USA. It contains 40 times more antioxidants than an average grape. It is also high in resveratrol, a natural food ingredient with antioxidant and anticancer properties  found commonly in grapes and red wine.
Sorry to coffee lovers, but tea gets the vote when it comes to antioxidant capacity. In particular, Matcha tea contains 10 times more antioxidants than green tea and 14 times that of wild berries. This seems to explain why Japan, the matcha haven has one of the world’s longest average lifespan. Purple tea originated from Kenya also contains high levels of antioxidants, boasting 15 times more anthocyanins than blueberry.
The Ultimate Antioxidant Powerhouse
You can now have it all. Rejuvenate, Antioxidant Infused Shot is an antioxidant-packed healthy beverage extracted from 7 kinds of premium berries including USA Cranberry, Canada Wild Blueberry and USA Muscadine grape. It also contains Kenya Purple Tea and resveratrol that provides powerful antioxidant properties.
One serving (32ml) of Rejuvenate is equivalent to 26.3kg of cranberries, or 1kg of strawberries in terms of antioxidant capacity. Without having to bloat yourself with tons of fruits, a sachet of Rejuvenate fulfills your daily recommended intake for antioxidants (5000-6000 ORAC units) right away.
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