Have you ever stopped to wonder what antioxidants really are? Because I sure have. Here's all to know about the holy grail of anti-aging.
Like most people, you must have heard that there is something called antioxidants and that they have plenty of benefits for you. But, what are antioxidants?
All to know about antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that help protect the body from free radicals found in the environment. Free radicals are reactive atoms containing unpaired electrons which can be produced by our body's natural processes or introduced by environmental pollution.
How do free radicals affect our cells?
These atoms can cause damage if they outnumber our defenses. Electrons come in pairs, as free radicals contain unpaired electrons, they take it from other cells, meaning they cause oxidative stress and cellular damage.
Oxidative stress can cause DNA damage, cell death, premature aging, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.
There is nothing much we can do in the industrial world to stay away from free radicals, but do not fret, this is when antioxidants come into play to protect us.
Antioxidants are not produced by our body, so we have to include antioxidants in our diet or apply them topically. Luckily there are plenty of foods and products containing antioxidants.
Antioxidants in your skincare products
We already know that we can't produce antioxidants on our own, so they must be obtained through diet, supplementation or topical products.
The most important antioxidants include Vitamin C and E, resveratrol and carotenoids.