Answers to 5 of Your Antioxidant Questions10/25/16 – Skin Science
You hear about antioxidants a lot. They’re in certain foods; they’re supposed to be good for you; you even hear about them from us, when we talk about the antioxidant properties found in Heliocare®.
But what is an antioxidant anyway? And why are they important? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some answers to five of the most common questions about antioxidants.
- What is an antioxidant? An antioxidant is a molecule that helps stop the oxidation of other molecules. But what does that even mean? Essentially, oxidation occurs when molecules lose electrons (this can happen for a number of reasons, including smoking, sun exposure, and exercise). This loss of electrons can create harmful free radicals.
- What do antioxidants do? Antioxidants can step in and prevent the loss of electrons from forming these cell-damaging free radicals.
- Where can you get antioxidants? Antioxidants are most often found in certain foods, particularly fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, lutein, and beta-carotene are some examples of antioxidants that can be found in food. Additionally, dietary supplements, like Heliocare, possess antioxidant properties that can help protect against the damaging effects of free radicals.*
- How do I know if I need more antioxidants? If you have a diet low in fat, you may be reducing your body’s ability to absorb antioxidants. Healthy fats and vegetable oils, as well as whole grains and plant-based foods are all good sources of the types of fats and antioxidants your body needs.
- How do antioxidants affect my skin? Without antioxidants, free radicals can cause a lot of damage to your skin. They can cause a chain reaction that leads to skin cell damage and skin cell death. When skin cells die prematurely, it can cause accelerated skin aging.
As you can see, antioxidants are an important part of your diet and skin care regimen. Making sure you’re eating the right foods and taking the right supplements will help your skin protect itself from the damaging and aging effects of free radicals.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.