Vitamins and minerals as antioxidants

Vitamins and minerals in addition to all the functions they perform in the body have another important function. They act as antioxidants. To oxidize means to react with oxygen to change, which in theory should mean that we age and cells become tired and worn out because of the same life-giving element.

But antioxidants fight it. More specifically, their rivals are free radicals that cause straining. The role of antioxidants from the world of vitamins and minerals has been taken over primarily by selenium, vitamin A, C, E and beta-carotene. Selenium works in conjunction with Vitamin E and is an important constituent of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase. This enzyme converts the dangerous free radical hydrogen peroxide into water and is important in the preservation of blood cells, the liver as well as the heart and lungs.

Vitamin A and beta-carotene are extremely powerful fighters against aging. Vitamin A is most prominent in protecting the skin and mucous membranes that protect the body against microorganisms. Both have the ability to destroy cancerous cells and protect the vessels by lowering dangerous cholesterol.

Vitamin C, in addition to its ability to act as an antioxidant itself, has the added task of protecting other antioxidants such as Vitamin E. The greater the amounts consumed, the better the brain protection. In addition to all these functions, it also cleanses waste from the body and strengthens immunity. That's why when we are sick, we need to put lemon in the tea we drink to help us beat the cold or the flu.

Vitamin E protects cells from damage and repairs existing damage in a way that prevents lipid oxidation. They are the essential fats that cell membranes consist of. It strengthens the immune system and improves the condition of arteries and other blood vessels. Selenium and zinc are required to absorb vitamin E.

Therefore, if you notice the first signs of aging, or feel tired and overwhelmed, it is possible that you just lack these vitamins and minerals. Talk to your doctor about taking supplements or refer to a nutritionist who will make you a diet plan rich in foods that contain them. Take all the good things out of nature and stay healthy, beautiful and energetic.

Author: L.K. Photo credit: Pixelbliss / Shutterstock

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