Antioxidants: What Are They Exactly?

By InfuzeMD on 06/13/2017

UntitledThe word “antioxidants” is one that you’ve probably heard before, whether it was a post on social media about how you need more of them because they are good for you, or it was a label on that pack of blueberries that you were eating that read they were “rich in antioxidants.” This word gets thrown around a lot, but what antioxidants truly are, what they do, and why they’re so “good” for us, remains largely misunderstood. Today, the health experts here at Infuze MD, are here to help you solve the mystery of antioxidants.   

Battling Oxidants And Free Radicals

Just like how an antivirus is something that battles against a virus, an antioxidant must battle against oxidants, right? That’s exactly right. Oxidants are something called a “free radical” which is essentially molecules that can be harmful to the cells in your body. Oxidants are not only found all over in our environment, but our bodies also create oxidants with the purpose of fighting off viruses and bacteria. Unfortunately, things like air pollution, smoking, and drinking alcohol increases the amount of oxidants that our bodies are exposed to.

So what do antioxidants do exactly? They neutralize the oxidants to prevent them from causing damage to our bodies. Since we’re facing more exposure to oxidants and free radicals due to environmental factors, an increased amount of antioxidants is needed to prevent cell damage.

Where Can I Find Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are everywhere, and it’s likely that you already get some through your diet. Various foods have have antioxidants, which include:

  • Goji berries
  • Wild blueberries
  • Dark chocolate
  • Pecans
  • Cranberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cinnamon
  • Basil

You can also get antioxidants through supplements or a vitamin IV drip to help protect your body from free radical damage.  

Can I Have Too Many Antioxidants?

With antioxidants protecting our body, it would seem logical to just load up on antioxidants for extra protection. Unfortunately, it’s possible to have too many antioxidants in your body.  Overloading on antioxidants suppresses your body’s ability to produce natural antioxidants to defend itself. This is especially dangerous for those who over do it when using supplements. Vitamin drips are much safer, since a professional physician will be working with you to ensure that you receive the perfect combination of vitamins and minerals that you need to maintain a  healthy body.

Choose A Healthier Life With Infuze MD

If you have any questions about antioxidants, or what you can do to make sure that your body is getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals, just contact us at Infuze MD of Milpitas, CA. We offer professional infusion therapy, with glutathione and vitamin drips that can help treat a wide range of chronic illnesses, as well as promote a healthy body. Whether you’re looking for relief or simply a brighter future of good health, Infuze MD has what you need, so schedule an appointment with us today!