TORONTO, ON (PRWEB) August 22, 2013
Lean On Life, a leading healthy lifestyle website with the latest on weight loss, nutrition, and fitness is supporting research revealing the moderate consumption of antioxidants through foods rather than supplements.
As Lean On Life reports, a recent study, published in the Journal of Physiology, revealing that antioxidant supplementation may counteract the positive cardiovascular benefits of exercise.
Antioxidants fight the oxidation process, which is a natural chemical reaction that causes chronic inflammation and damage to healthy cells. When the oxidation process is disrupted, highly unstable and potentially destructive molecules, called free radicals, are created, so antioxidants place a vital role in protecting the body.
Many studies have shown that eating foods loaded with antioxidants - especially fruits and vegetables - lower the risk of certain medical conditions. Antioxidants have been linked with fighting against cancer, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and Alzheimer's.
However, new research studies conducted at the University of Copenhagen, show that resveratrol – a natural antioxidant compound located in red grapes, red wine and other foods that have been promoted for boosting heart-health – actually counteracts the cardiovascular benefits of exercise for older men, such as decreased cholesterol and blood pressure.
The findings of this study present a view that the body may actually require some "antioxidant stress," which is typically blamed for causing aging and disease. It is now being proposed that antioxidant stress may actually be necessary in order for the body to properly function in response to stresses like exercise. The researchers hypothesize that all the popular hyper-dosing on antioxidants may actually have some negative health effects.
Lean On Life nutritionist, Michelle Schiffman, states, “Until more research is conducted about the safety of antioxidant supplements, it is recommended that you get your antioxidants from foods, such as berries, red grapes and red wine, beans, and other fruits and vegetables, rather than supplementing with antioxidants.”
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