Saturday, September 25, 2010

Healthy Juice - Your Source of Antioxidants to Combat Aging Cancer And Other Diseases

Healthy juice such as vegetable juice and fresh fruit juice should be a part of one's daily diet, especially for those who do not consumed enough fruits or vegetables, on a daily basis. Fresh fruits and vegetables are thought to have significant effects due to their antioxidant properties.

Antioxidants are said to have the ability to thwart several chronic diseases. Vitamin C, E, beta-carotene ( a precursor to vitamin A), and the mineral selenium are antioxidants. Currently, a lot of research are being done to investigate the effects of antioxidants in preventing several chronic diseases.

Oxygen is used to change carbohydrates and fats into energy, during metabolism. Oxygen is transformed into stable forms of water and carbon dioxide, during this process. However, a small portion of oxygen usually ends up in an unstable form, referred to as oxygen free radicals.

Free radicals attack and damage proteins and lipids, in particular cell membranes and DNA. This damage is thought to contribute to the development of conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, emphysema, cataracts, Parkinson’s disease, and premature aging. Solar radiation, cigarette smoke, radiation and other environmental factors also seem to encourage the formation of free radicals.

It is believed that antioxidants may offer protection by absorbing free radicals before they can cause any damage to cells. If any damage has already begun, antioxidants may also interrupt the sequence of reactions, preventing certain chronic diseases.

Antioxidants are found abundantly in food. Fruits and vegetables in particular, provide a very rich source of antioxidants. However, surprisingly only an average of 9% of all Americans eat the minimum five daily serving of fruits and vegetables!

For some unknown reasons,approximately 91% of the U.S. population just do not enjoy eating fruits and vegetables. However, one possible solution to this is to encourage them to substitute soda pops and other high caloric value beverages with natural juice. Drinking healthy juice such as fresh fruit juice and vegetable juice could be an ideal substitute for those who do not seem to enjoy eating either of both.

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