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Excess antioxidants may affect our body’s ballance

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AntioxidantsAntioxidants are well known for their anticancer proprieties and for preventing heart diseases but if taken in excess they might affect the balance of the body.  Researchers from Kansas State University say that the antioxidants found in the so-called “superfood”, from sweet potatoes to berries, lentils and broccoli are appreciated for many years because they lessen the effects of aging over the body, extend life expectancy and even improve sex life. Antioxidants are molecules that can slow and even prevent the production free radicals, which have adverse effects on cells in the body.

Nutritionists say the delicate balance of necessary nutrients for the body can be affected if antioxidants are consumed in excess. To be more precise, “superfood” excess could not provide the body with enough pro-oxidants. While antioxidants slow the destruction rhythm in muscles and other organs, the pro-oxidants accelerate it. Excess antioxidants could disrupt this delicate balance making it difficult to breathe for older people, which could prevent them from maintaining a good physical shape.

Specifically, an excess of antioxidants will affect blood flow resulting in the suppression of vasodilator substances. The vasodilator substances act directly on muscles in blood vessel walls to make blood vessels widen. Specialist Steven Copp said that excess antioxidant may worsen the situation, so he believes more information on the way the antioxidants work in different circumstances are needed before recommending a certain dose to patients.

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