The benefits of antioxidants are lost on many people. Unfortunately the youth of today may not be realizing the benefits of these and may not be gaining the same ground as other generations, pertaining to longevity of life. Antioxidants do not play as big of a role in many of their lives as they have in a more natural state with the Baby Boomer generation. Many of today's youth snack on french fries, instead of apples and oranges. They eat highly processed foods, which tend to contain little or no nutrient value, and guzzle pop on a daily basis. Literally, millions of dollars are spent on marketing cheap, simple carbohydrates, to the children of today.
On the other hand, today baby boomers are expected to continue increasing their life expectancy. . . But there is a dilemma. Although Baby Boomers are expected to add 5 to 15 years to their life, the percentage of chronic and degenerative diseases are on the rise!
What are these degenerative diseases that can actually be slowed or prevented in the fist place by consuming antioxidants? Here are several:
This list is not exhaustive but hopefully gets you thinking about why you need to consume a minimum of five fruits and vegetable per day and find a very good supplement that includes needed vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants!
Consider this! Today, over 80% of seniors have a chronic or degenerative disease (MacWilliams, 2007). If you are interested in increasing your longevity but want to have a good quality of life and enjoy your "golden years", today is the day to begin increasing your intake, and realizing the benefits of antioxidants!
MacWilliam, l. (2007). Nutrisearch comparative guide to nutritional supplements. Vernon, Canada: Northern Dimension Publishing.