What are antioxidants and why are they important in our diet?

Marija Đurković

They are often mentioned, but do you know exactly what antioxidants are and how to incorporate them into your diet? We asked these questions to nutritionist Marija Đurković.

Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in the body. High levels of free radicals in the body are compounds that can cause damage.
Antioxidants are also found in foods, especially fruits, vegetables and other whole foods. Several vitamins, such as vitamins E and C, are some of the most effective antioxidants.

How the formation of excess free radicals occurs

It is well known that lifestyle, stress and environmental factors promote the overproduction of free radicals and oxidative stress, such as cigarettes, alcohol, radiation, lack of antioxidants, air pollution and the like …

Which foods are especially rich in antioxidants

Antioxidants are found in foods of plant and animal origin.

Proper intake of antioxidants, especially vitamins C and E, is essential.

Foods rich in antioxidants: Green tea, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, red berries, green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes … Plant foods contain more antioxidants than animals, but fish and meat also contain less.

Antioxidants can increase the life of both natural and processed foods. Therefore, they are often used as a food supplement. For example, vitamin C is often added to processed foods to act as a preservative.

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Marija Đurković is a nutritionist by profession. He graduated from the Medical School of Vocational Studies in Belgrade and then attended a course organized by the Vojvodina Leisure and Fitness Association and obtained a certificate as a nutrition and supplement nutrition and fitness consultant. In December 2017, he opened a nutrition consulting center in Nova Pazova, where many of his clients have gone from desire to goal. Maria hopes that all of them will bring a passion for healthy eating and healthy living habits from the counseling center. As of July 1, 2020, the counseling center will operate elsewhere in Block A of New Belgrade.

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