Truth About Antioxidant Foods
by Christine H.
Antioxidants are substances found in fresh, whole
foods that reduce
oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
There are a lot of antioxidant supplements that
are being promoted for their
health benefits … to reverse aging, to increase strength and
boost the immune system, etc.
A lot of superfoods are being heavily promoted for
From all this, we get the message that antioxidant
superfoods are essential for good health.
much should you
take and can you take too much?
First of all, we need to put a few things into
all free radicals are bad. They’re part of the normal
biochemical processes that occur in your body. While many have harmful
effects, others do not.
bodies need oxidants and antioxidants in the proper balance. Taking too
many antioxidants can be as bad as not getting enough.
antioxidants have different functions. If you supplement with specific
antioxidants, are you sure you’re giving your body what it
Antioxidants are abundant in fresh whole foods,
both plant and animal. You
don’t have to take high potency antioxidant supplements or
superfoods to get
the antioxidants your body needs. You just need to eat real, whole
are antioxidant rich.
If you do choose to take the supplements, you
should be certain that the
antioxidant supplement is not a synthetic version of the real thing,
and it is
something that your body needs.
If you’re not sure that you really need
that particular antioxidant or
superfood, you’re better off getting your antioxidants from
real, whole foods.
animal foods that are rich sources of
caught salmon – astaxanthin
dairy – glutathione
foods rich in antioxidants …
virgin olive oil
Botanically infused water is another way of adding
antioxidants to your
daily food intake without overdoing it.
Are all these antioxidant foods and superfoods
healthy for you? How do you
know which ones you should eat?
Before you go out and start stocking up on these
there’s one more thing you need to know... Just because
they’re supposed to be
nutrient dense and healthful, doesn’t mean they’ll
be healthy for you.
For example, I am severely sensitive to salmon. It
doesn’t matter that
salmon is supposed to have wonderful health benefits, for me it is NOT
If you have a sensitivity or intolerance to any of
these foods, or any other
foods, eating your intolerant foods will cause an inflammatory reaction
body and your health will decline.
Food sensitivities, also known as hidden food
allergies, are common and most
people don’t know they have them. With a food sensitivity,
your reaction to the
food is delayed anywhere from three hours to three days after
you’ve eaten it.
A food sensitivity reaction can be almost any
symptom of less than perfect
health, but most commonly digestive problems, migraine headaches, joint
arthritis, chronic fatigue, skin disorders, obesity, ADD/ADHD and more.
If you’re challenged by any health
issues that just don’t want to go away,
you may have food sensitivities.
How do you find out?
You can try an elimination diet. However, this is
a long, frustrating and
tedious process. Most people don't stick with it long enough to get
quicker and easier way is the ALCAT Test. "… It is the most
comprehensive sensitivity/intolerance test available... It is the only
shown to correlate with clinical symptoms by double blind oral
This is not a substitute for medical advice. If you have health
consult your physician.
Christine H. Farlow, D.C., customizing nutritional
programs to meet your unique nutritional needs. Dr. Farlow provides
consultations in her office and by phone. Request a FREE Consultation
to learn more about food sensitivities and how the ALCAT Test can help
improve your health at http://christinehfarlowdc.com/.