Antioxidants are substances that help protect healthy cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, which are formed naturally in the body. Antioxidants are responsible for fighting disease and keeping you healthy, especially if you’re always very physically active, have bad habits like smoking, and frequently expose yourself to environmental contaminants like radiation. Recent studies have shown that beyond providing protection from cell-damaging free radicals, antioxidants may also help promote weight loss.
How to lose weight
There are three main ways that a person can lose weight:
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Control calorie intake
Exercise most days of the week
For those who are overweight or obese, health practitioners suggest losing weight by making these lifestyle changes. For individuals who have exhausted all mainstream methods for reducing excess weight, options like weight loss surgery and hunger-reducing medications may be a consideration, especially if your weight has gotten so out of control, you’re at risk for developing diabetes, heart problems, high blood blood pressure, and other potentially deadly conditions.
Antioxidants and weight loss
Recently, scientists have found that antioxidant content in fruits, nuts, vegetables, tea, and wine may help promote weight loss by reducing buildup in fat cells.
Disables fat producing enzymes – antioxidants may directly reduce enzymes responsible for the buildup of fat stored in fat cells.[4, 5, 6]
Destroys fat cells – certain types of antioxidants may help destroy fat cells, thereby reducing fat tissue and the accumulation of body fat.
Fiber-rich antioxidants help fight weight gain – antioxidant-rich foods, such as nuts and vegetables, often come with a healthy amount of fiber — a dietary material that the body can’t digest and helps eliminate waste from the stomach and intestines. Foods high in fiber also make you feel fuller longer.
Healthier cells burn fat more efficiently – by reducing the damaging effects of free radicals, cells are able to function properly and burn fat, which is used as fuel, more effectively.
Antioxidants keep the liver healthy – the liver is responsible for processing protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Antioxidants help the liver by converting poisons to substances that are less hazardous to cells.
Types of antioxidants
The term antioxidant refers to a variety of substances that function relatively the same.
Vitamins – vitamin C and vitamin E are rich in antioxidants. Vitamin C is found in many citrus fruits, like lemons, oranges, and kiwi. Vitamin E is found in animal sources like pork, beef, fish, and fish oil.
Carotenes – a class of colorful antioxidants found in vegetables, such as pumpkins, squash, carrots, and beets.
Minerals – some minerals, such as zinc, selenium, chromium, and manganese, have antioxidant-like characteristics. They’re typically found in meat, vegetables, and fruits.
Flavonoids – there are roughly 4,000 types of flavonoids, a group of antioxidant compounds found primarily in plants and known for their pigmentation. Flavonoids are found in apples, grapes, blueberries. and cabbage.
Enzymes – substances produced by all living beings (plants, animals, insects, and fish) that have antioxidant effects.
Sources rich in antioxidants
Foods rich in antioxidants have a variety of healthy benefits.
A plant extract from Plectranthus barbatus, also known as the Indian Coleaus plant. It has the following benefits:
May help with weight loss
Normalizes blood pressure
Improves nervous system health
Boosts immune health
Improves cardiovascular health
Improves central nervous system health
A relatively well known substance found in red grapes and red grape products, resveratrol has been extensively researched and proven to be an effective antioxidant.
May improve lipid or fat metabolism in fat cells
Boosts immune health
Improves cardiovascular health
Acts as an anti-inflammatory
May provide relief for moderate to severe pain
Regulates carbohydrate metabolism
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring enzyme found in cells. It’s a powerful antioxidant produced in the body.  Production of CoQ10 is naturally reduced as the body ages, making dietary supplementation a necessity in order to achieve the benefits this enzyme provides.
Chromium picolinate is a form of chromium that is considered a mineral antioxidant. Picolinate is considered the best form of chromium salt due to its rapid absorption. Chromium helps regulate carbohydrate metabolism.
Black pepper is full of beneficial substances that can help burn fat. One particular substance is piperine, from which the BioPerine form is made of. Aside from burning fat, BioPerine helps the body absorb nutrients properly and can help increase the effectiveness of some antioxidants, such as CoQ10.
Antioxidant supplementationConsuming an antioxidant-rich diet can be a challenge. Too many grocery stores — especially those in urban areas, tend to sell meat or produce that is farmed or grown in a way that reduces available anti-oxidants, and other essential nutrients. Fortunately, supplements like Levean contain these natural food extracts. You can also boost the fat burning capabilities of antioxidants with OxyELITE Pro.
Levean and OxyELITE Pro complement each other by increasing metabolism and promoting intense fat burn. They also protect the body from free radicals and metabolic waste. To burn fat and lose weight in the safest and most effective way, take these supplements, coupled with a healthy diet and regular exercise,.
Always consult your doctor before taking a new vitamin or supplement, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, on prescription medication, or have an existing medical condition.
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