I am quite fussy about what I put in my body, so over the last few weeks I have been researching and studying the ingredients of Shakeology®. Shakeology has had such a huge impact on our health and nutrition, with both Rob and myself seeing and experiencing great results. So, to continue with my research of the ingredients, this week I dove into studying antioxidants and what they actually do for our bodies. Since I have already looked at Prebiotics & Probiotics, Himalayan Pink salt, and Adaptogens, these little “secret agents” were up next.
What exactly are antioxidants, and what do they do?
Normal body functions, as well as most lifestyle habits, produce substances called free radicals that attack healthy cells. When these healthy cells are weakened, they are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. Antioxidants help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals.
“Free radicals” is a term often used to describe damaged cells that can be problematic. They are “free” because they are missing a critical molecule, which sends them on a rampage to pair with another molecule. “These molecules will rob any other molecule to fulfill that need,”says Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, professor of nutrition at Tufts University in Boston.
When free radicals are on a rampage through your body, they don’t just kill cells to acquire their missing molecule – that wouldn’t be so bad…the body could just regenerate another one – “the problem is, free radicals often injure the cell, damaging the DNA, which creates the seed for disease.” When a cell’s DNA changes, the cell becomes mutated. It grows abnormally and reproduces abnormally, and quickly.
“We can’t rely on a few blockbuster foods to do the job,” says Blumberg. “You can’t eat nine servings of broccoli a day and expect it to do everything. We need to eat many different foods. Each type works in different tissues of the body, in different parts of cells. When you have appropriate amounts of different antioxidants, you’re doing what you can to protect yourself.”
What antioxidant rich superfoods are in Shakeology®?
Shakeology is a nutrient dense shake jam-packed with over 70 superfoods. Here is a list of those ingredients known for their high antioxidant content:
- Acai berry
- Acerola cherry
- Goji berry
- Rose hips
- Luo han guo
- Grape seed
- Green tea
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