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Monday, September 30, 2013

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The Real Reasons You Need to Boost Your Antioxidant Intake

HealthyAeon - 3:59 AM

Most of us have heard of free radicals, but how many of us really know how damaging they are? We’re aware they’re bad for us, but can we really quantify the damage they cause? Well, this infographic has done just that – and the numbers are as surprising as they are shocking. For example, did you know that unprotected skin can age up to 24 times more in even weak over exposure to sunlight? Or that Japanese scientist Yukie Niwa has estimated up to 85% of all degenerative diseases are caused by free radicals? These are the sort of figures that make you pause and think about seriously re-evaluating your lifestyle.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Along with some distressing statistics on free radicals, we’ve also compiled evidence on the power of antioxidants to combat their effects. From a 40% reduction in the risk of pancreatic cancer to a 29% decrease in heart attack risk and a 20% antioxidant boost simply from eating dark chocolate, there’s enough here to encourage optimism from even the gloomiest cynic. So, if you’re interested in finding out exactly what free radicals are, and how best to defend yourself in the fight against them, read on…


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Source: liveinthenow.com


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