When detoxing, I always hear about antioxidants and why we need plants. Here’s what I have to say about that:
📚Excerpt from @carnivorecure Ch 11:
The body makes antioxidants, but many occur naturally in foods. Antioxidants are rich in plant foods, but antioxidants also occur in animal foods.
🔅Selenium is an example of an antioxidant. It is rich in ribeye steaks, salmon, chicken, pork belly, and eggs.
💧The key benefit of antioxidants is the ability to inhibit oxidation.
🔥Oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals that can damage cells by oxidative stress.
🛡Antioxidants support cells by preventing or delaying some types of cell damage.
💡Vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and manganese are all naturally occurring antioxidants.
🐟These nutrients are in salmon, salmon roe and pork belly.
🧠Salmon also contains the antioxidant astaxanthin (the red pigment). Astaxanthin works with omega-3s to protect the brain and nervous system from oxidation.
🏆Sockeye salmon has the most astaxanthin per ounce, compared to other salmons.
🦪Remember, oysters also have antioxidants called 3,5-Dihydroxy-4-methoxybenzyl alcohol (DHMBA).
‼️But high concentrations of antioxidants can be harmful.
⚠️Recall that high concentrations of antioxidants may act as pro-oxidants, increase oxidation, and may even protect cancer cells.
⚠️Phytoestrogens (foods and toxins that mimic estrogen) can be harmful to our health. Phytoestrogens can adversely impact our hormonal health.
⚠️Phytoestrogens are considered antioxidants. Uric Acid is also considered an antioxidant.
🥕A meta-analysis study found that beta-carotene supplements (an antioxidant in carrots) significantly raised the risk of mortality and slightly raised the risk of cardiovascular disease.
❓On a meat-based diet, if we reduce most of the body’s inflammation through diet, do we need significant amounts of antioxidants?