Superfoods against aging

The pace of today's world places ever higher demands on the individual. It doesn't take long for stress to show up. When stress takes the upper hand, then more and more free radicals come into play. Free radicals are by-products of metabolic processes, but are also produced through lack of sleep, stress, environmental toxins, UV radiation, extreme sports, alcohol and drug consumption. They have one electron too few and attack cell structures and genetic material. Free radicals promote the development of cancer, arteriosclerosis, arthritis and heart disease and dramatically accelerate the aging process.

Various superfoods in bowls

Secondary plant substances, the secret weapon against aging

In addition to relaxation and sufficient sleep, plenty of exercise and a healthy diet, plant substances known as superfoods also play an important role. They are rich in antioxidants and can bind free radicals. Alongside vitamins and minerals, these secondary plant substances in particular create an antioxidant effect. One example is polyphenols, some of which even more potent than vitamins A and C. It's what contains the power substance found in cocoa, tea, spices or berries, which are considered the classic superfoods. Flavonoids are also secondary plant substances. They reinforce the antioxidant effect of vitamin C. Secondary plant compounds can also prevent the oxidation of vitamin E. They are therefore the true miracle foods against aging.

The ORAC value - the unit of measurement for an antioxidant effect

The abbreviation ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity and refers to the antioxidant capacity of a product. The higher the value, the more free radicals can be neutralized and the better the antioxidant capacity. The daily requirement of ORAC units is between 5,000 and 7,000 units (nmol TE*/100 g).

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