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ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants and free radicals:  a classic story of good and evil.

Antioxidants and free radicals is a classic story of good and evil. Like all stories of good and evil it is not all black and white. Free radicals are occasionally helpful to the bodysometimes traveling around helping the body defeat viruses and infections. But then the body has to get rid of the free radicals. If the body is not able to get rid of them, they can cause havoc by damaging other cells.

You can get free radicals from lots of things, like cancer, or from smoking or exposure to toxins such as pesticides. X-rays cause free radicals; so does stress and alcohol consumption.

These free radicals can attack cells which may cause them to function poorly or even die. This cellular damage is a common pathway for a host of pathological conditions. Many authorities believe that ageing is caused by a buildup these free radicals. There are also some that believe that cancer may be caused, or at least exacerbated by these free radicals. LDL—the bad cholesterol—is impacted negatively by free radicals.

Under normal conditions the body can handle a certain amount of free radicals. But sometimes the body becomes overwhelmed. Sometimes the body needs help to fight off the free radicals. That help would come from antioxidants.

Antioxidants are the good guys in this story. It is their job is to go around the body to neutralize the free radicals so that they do not hurt the body. The interesting thing from the point of view of this diet is where you get antioxidants. The simple answer is fruits and vegetables.

In a famous Tufts University study they ranked the various foods that have a lot of antioxidants. Blueberries, prunes, strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, and apples all came out in the top 20 with six of the top twenty ending in ‘-berry.’ Not coincidently these are some the most important components of The Addictocarb Diet.

Antioxidants and free radicals:  a classic story of good and evil.

Antioxidants and free radicals is a classic story of good and evil. Like all stories of good and evil it is not all black and white. Free radicals are occasionally helpful to the bodysometimes traveling around helping the body defeat viruses and infections. But then the body has to get rid of the free radicals. If the body is not able to get rid of them, they can cause havoc by damaging other cells.

You can get free radicals from lots of things, like cancer, or from smoking or exposure to toxins such as pesticides. X-rays cause free radicals; so does stress and alcohol consumption.


These free radicals can attack cells which may cause them to function poorly or even die. This cellular damage is a common pathway for a host of pathological conditions. Many authorities believe that ageing is caused by a buildup these free radicals. There are also some that believe that cancer may be caused, or at least exacerbated by these free radicals. LDL—the bad cholesterol—is impacted negatively by free radicals.

Under normal conditions the body can handle a certain amount of free radicals. But sometimes the body becomes overwhelmed. Sometimes the body needs help to fight off the free radicals. That help would come from antioxidants.


Antioxidants are the good guys in this story. It is their job is to go around the body to neutralize the free radicals so that they do not hurt the body. The interesting thing from the point of view of this diet is where you get antioxidants. The simple answer is fruits and vegetables.

In a famous Tufts University study they ranked the various foods that have a lot of antioxidants. Blueberries, prunes, strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, and apples all came out in the top 20 with six of the top twenty ending in ‘-berry.’ Not coincidently these are some the most important components of The Addictocarb Diet.