For the past few decades, the health benefits of antioxidants have made headlines. These micronutrients, present in kombucha as well as many fruits and vegetables, help our bodies ward off disease, prevent cancer and even slow the aging process. But what exactly are antioxidants, and how do they work?
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are compounds naturally found in certain foods that help protect the body from free radical damage. There are likely thousands of different antioxidants; the most well-known include beta-carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The free radicals that these compounds protect us from can cause a wide range of diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
What are Free Radicals?
Free radicals are just as numerous and diverse as the antioxidants that neutralize them. In short, free radicals are electron-gobbling molecules that damage our bodies’ cells and even our DNA. The damage they cause can trigger the release of bad molecules (like bad cholesterol) and cancerous mutant cells.
Free radicals are created as a by-product of different body functions, and are perfectly normal, but they can be a problem if they get out of control. That’s why eating a diet rich in antioxidants is so important for disease prevention.
Health Benefits of Antioxidants
Different types of antioxidants have been shown to:
- Help prevent cancer
- Help prevent high cholesterol and heart disease
- Reduce the risk of diabetes
- Protect against vision problems, such as cataracts
- Boost the immune system
Foods that are High in Antioxidants
There are plenty of antioxidant supplements available, but studies show that it’s more effective to get your antioxidants through a good diet full of antioxidant-rich foods. These “superfoods” are the fruits and vegetables that contain the highest amounts of antioxidants:
- Acai berries
- Gogi berries
- Blood oranges
Another rich (and delicious) source of antioxidants is kombucha. Try one of our popular antioxidant-packed kombucha flavors, like the Green, Pomegranate and Goji Berry, to bring an extra punch of disease-preventing antioxidants into your diet.