Free radicals produced in normal cellular metabolism are vital to certain body functions like producing energy and activating enzymes that the body requires. It also helps to destroy viruses and bacteria.
Harmful free radicals are toxic molecules of oxygen that damage our body. It will stimulate the formation of more harmful free radicals, leading to even more damage eg: chronic diseases, poor immune system and premature aging, etc.
Antioxidants are nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body.
They protect the body against the harmful free radicals by neutralizing them and help to prevent cell & tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and chronic diseases.
WHAT IS FIBER?
Fiber is an indigestible complex carbohydrate found in plants. It is not a single food or substance. High fiber foods are low in fat and calories such as beans, legumes, seeds, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. It is divided into two categories: Water Insoluble and Water Soluble.
Many health experts are advising people of all ages to consume more dietary fiber. Many research show that fiber may prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. It also helps indigestion, cholesterol, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), etc.
INSOLUBLE FIBER INFO
Wheat bran and whole grains, as well as the skins of many fruits and vegetables, and seeds, are rich sources of insoluble fiber.
Insoluble fiber makes stools heavier and speeds their passage through the gut. Like a sponge, it absorbs many times its weight in water, swelling up and helping to eliminate faeces and relieve constipation.
High-fiber diet helps bowel problems such as: constipation and irritable bowel syndrome, etc.
SOLUBLE FIBER INFO
Fruits (such as apples, pears), some green vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower), potatoes. oats, legumes (peas, kidney beans, lentils), seeds, brown rice, barley, etc are rich sources of soluble fiber.
Soluble fiber breaks down as it passes through the digestive tract, forming a gel that traps some substances related to high cholesterol and may lessen heart disease risks by reducing the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream.
A recent USA report found that, sufficient amount of fiber apparently reduced heart disease and cholesterol risks among those who ate more than 25 grams per day, compared to those consuming under 15 grams daily.
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