Consumption of antioxidants prevent Alzheimer’s and eye diseases

March 5, 2011 - 0:0

A dietitian says Consumption of antioxidants like fruits and vegetables prevent cardiac diseases, Alzheimer’s, immunologic functional disorders and some eye diseases, according to Fars news agency.

Zahra Abdollahi added herbal foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains are rich in antioxidants and are essential for one’s health.
Antioxidants are effective in keeping skin health and slowing aging process, she explained. Vitamins A, C, E, Beta-carotene, Selenium, Zinc, Magnesium, licopen are considered the most important antioxidants, the dietitian added.
Abdollahi said purple fruits like cherries, sour cherry, tomatoes and orange-colored fruits like carrot, avocado, and blue-violent fruits like raspberry, black berry and grapes are rich in antioxidants.
Some diseases like cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, immunologic functional disorders and some eye diseases are directly related to free radicals, she added.
She said millions of reactions take place in man’s body daily, that need oxygen, i.e. oxidation, during which molecules lose electrons and active compounds - which are called free radicals - are formed, and it can harm or destroy cells.