The antioxidant power of vitamins E and vitamin C, as other substances that give color and flavor to fruits and vegetables such as flavonoids, polyphenols, carotenoids, carotenes (the latter two are converted in the body in provitamin A) have demonstrated important role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and aging.
We now know that the aging process and the occurrence of some diseases, is due to the effect of free radicals. That is, certain particles oxidizing our cells. They have a useful role in the event that our body is fighting against bacteria, but in return are responsible for the hardening of our arteries (arteriosclerosis). We can fight free radicals using a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil and red wine in moderation. They play a vital role in cleansing and detoxifying free radicals. Continue reading