I must admit, I didn’t read it, and five years later, I immigrated to Australia from Argentina and left it behind.
The book sat on a shelf for five more years before exposing its “magical powers”. It completely changed my dad’s life after he found it a couple months ago. His enthusiasm is so contagious that antioxidants are now a common topic during our weekly FaceTime calls.
So, what are antioxidants? In a few words, antioxidants fight oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that takes place in our bodies, but when there is a disruption, oxidation creates free radicals that may cause damage to our cells. This could initiate many types of diseases (cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s), skin aging and cognitive problems—the list goes on-and-on. Antioxidants deactivate these free radicals before they attack the cells, protecting the cells from damage.
So, if antioxidants are our allies, how can we increase our intake and help our cells in their everyday battle against free radicals? Here are the tips my dad gave me after reading the book:
I invite you to search the internet for additional research, articles from different sources and to form your own opinion. Antioxidants have existed forever, but now there is a huge flow of information readily available for us. The key is to be open to learning more about caring for our bodies and how to be healthier. When I was given the book, I was not ready for it, but I am happy I forgot about it because now I can’t wait to visit my family next Christmas and read it with my dad. And yes, I will thank my friends, too!