Antioxidants in yerba mate. how do they affect your health?
While reading about the properties of yerba mate, you must have come across information about the high content of antioxidants more than once. How exactly do they affect your health and why are they so important? Read on to find out!
What are antioxidants (antioxidants) and how do they affect your health?
Antioxidants (antioxidants, antioxidants) are chemical compounds responsible for the fight against the so-called free radicals . They are atoms with one free electron found in every organism. As a result, while looking for a "pair", the radicals attack other cells, damaging them. This, in turn, leads to the acceleration of the aging process and cell death, and may constitute the seed of serious diseases. Among them, the weakening of the nervous system and the decrease in immunity are most often mentioned. In extreme cases, the genetic material of cells may be damaged, and even cancer may develop. Antioxidants help to stop this process by "donating" the missing electron to the radical. It leads to its neutralization and expulsion from the system. It should be noted, however, that in certain amounts the radicals turn out to be useful, which manifests itself, for example, by combating certain microorganisms. According to scientists, it is therefore important to maintain a balance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body. Unfortunately, this is not always easy. Unhealthy diets, alcohol abuse, smoking and long-term stress are just some of the reasons why they multiply. Fortunately, there are natural ways to help your body fight free radicals!
Yerba mate. An excellent source of antioxidants!
In order to provide the body with the optimal amount of antioxidants, many people use various types of medical preparations. It turns out, however, that an appropriate diet is an equally good way to provide them. They are abundant in many common fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, nuts, broccoli and garlic. Green tea is also indicated as a source of antioxidants and is eagerly mentioned among the elements of a healthy diet or special menus. Of course, we are not going to dispute this fact. It is worth noting, however, that yerba mate contains over three times more of them and in all known combinations it appears at the forefront of substances with high antioxidant potential. So once again we have proof that yerba is much more than just a natural energy drink. It's an essential part of healthy lifestyle!