Antioxidants The Reason Why You Need Them…or would you


Antioxidants: Superfood or Super-hyped?

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Are You Eating Antioxidants Wrong?

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Most People Have An Antioxidant Deficiency. Do You?

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Exercise: The Best Antioxidant

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What are antioxidants?

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How Antioxidants Work and Where to Get Them

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Are Antioxidants Actually Good for Anything?

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Antioxidants – Why You Need Them or do you? — Tiger Fitness. By: Marc Lobliner MTS Nutrition CEO, CMO, EXOS Phase 3, CS-L1 Antioxidants were a buzz word for years, and for good reas. They have been implicated in preventing or delaying some types of cell damage which means less sickness, less disease and better health. Our bodies also produce chemicals called antioxidants. As their name implies, they tend to produce chemical reactions that work against oxidation.

We can also get antioxidants from food, especially unprocessed fruits and vegetables and other plants. Vitamins C and E are antioxidants. A: Antioxidants play an important role in overall health. They are natural compounds found in some foods that help neutralize free radicals in our bodies. Antioxidants are compounds found naturally in the foods that we eat.

Our bodies even make some of them, but today we are going to discuss the ones we need to eat to stay in optimal health. Fruits, vegetables, and even chocolate all contain antioxidants. To understand why we need antioxidants we have to imagine what is going on at the molecular level. Electrons orbit around the center of an atom and if there are the right amount of electrons the molecule is considered stable.

But if you’re wondering, ‘What are antioxidants?’, you’re probably also wondering why we need them. So, What Are Antioxidants? If you ask your doctor or dietitian what antioxidants are, they’ll probably start talking about cells called free radicals. Many health problems you may experience are caused by free radical damage. If you don’t have adequate antioxidants to help neutralise these free radicals, then oxidative stress tends to lead to less-than-optimal health and premature aging.

Your body can manufacture some of these antioxidants, but not others. And your body’s natural antioxidant production tends to decline with age. Types of Antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body.

Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm if their levels become too high in. So apparently antioxidants are really, really important for maintaining a healthy life, who knew? Ensuring a good amount of antioxidants in your diet can reduce the chances of cancer, lower high blood pressure, improve wrinkles and help your heart stay healthy amongst many other benefits. Antioxidants are the superheroes that fight free radicals. When you envision antioxidants, it is instructive to think of them as tiny sized superheroes, yellow cape and all!

They travel throughout your body giving free radicals back their missing electrons.

List of related literature:

Antioxidant vitamins, which include beta carotene (provitamin A), vitamin E, and vitamin C, are hypothesized to decrease cancer risk by preventing tissue damage by trapping organic free radicals and/or deactivating excited oxygen molecules—a byproduct of many metabolic functions.

“Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider E-Book” by Marilyn Winterton Edmunds, Maren Stewart Mayhew
from Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider E-Book
by Marilyn Winterton Edmunds, Maren Stewart Mayhew
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2008

In addition, healthy dietary practices supply the body with antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins A (including the carotenoids), E, and C. These nonenzymatic antioxidants either directly interact with free radicals (see (Figure618)) or work as coenzymes.

“Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition” by Heather Hedrick Fink, Lisa A. Burgoon, Alan E. Mikesky
from Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition
by Heather Hedrick Fink, Lisa A. Burgoon, Alan E. Mikesky
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006

“Moreover, carotenoids serve as the body’s raw material for the production of vitamin A, another potent antioxidant, the scarcity of which has been linked, in particular, to cancers of the respiratory system, colon and bladder.

“The Healing Powers of Vinegar (3rd edition)” by Cal Orey
from The Healing Powers of Vinegar (3rd edition)
by Cal Orey
Kensington Books, 2008

Research suggests that consuming antioxidants may reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.

“Visualizing Everyday Chemistry” by Douglas P. Heller, Carl H. Snyder
from Visualizing Everyday Chemistry
by Douglas P. Heller, Carl H. Snyder
Wiley, 2015

Most antioxidants require some sort of “partner” antioxidant that allow them to work more efficiently.

“Textbook of Natural Medicine E-Book” by Joseph E. Pizzorno, Michael T. Murray
from Textbook of Natural Medicine E-Book
by Joseph E. Pizzorno, Michael T. Murray
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

The rationale for promoting extra antioxidants is that we need them to protect us from oxidative damage.

“Nutrition: Science and Applications” by Lori A. Smolin, Mary B. Grosvenor
from Nutrition: Science and Applications
by Lori A. Smolin, Mary B. Grosvenor
Wiley, 2019

There is an increasing body of evidence showing that antioxidants provide some protection against certain types of cancer (for example, cancer of the bowel and bladder) and against cardiovascular disease.

“Advanced Biology” by Michael Kent
from Advanced Biology
by Michael Kent
OUP Oxford, 2000

The antioxidants we normally produce in our bodies or add to our diets (such as vitamins C and E and the minerals selenium and zinc) help to cancel out the chemical activity of free radicals and protect our cells.

“The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology” by Stephen T. Sinatra
from The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology
by Stephen T. Sinatra
Basic Health Publications, 2007

Antioxidant nutrients such as ascorbic acid, o’ -tocopherol, and the carotenoids (eg, beta carotene) that are present in plant-derived foods may have a major preventive role against carcinogenesis (9), and it has been suggested that they may suppress tumor cell growth and induce tumor cell apoptosis (10–12).

“Journal of the National Cancer Institute: JNCI.” by National Cancer Institute (U.S.), National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
from Journal of the National Cancer Institute: JNCI.
by National Cancer Institute (U.S.), National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, 2009

Antioxidants as constituents of food play animportant role in functioning as a health-protecting factor, and scientific evidence suggests that antioxidants effectively reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

“Plants as a Source of Natural Antioxidants” by Nawal Kishore Dubey
from Plants as a Source of Natural Antioxidants
by Nawal Kishore Dubey
CABI, 2014

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  • Actually, the isolation of Alpha tocopherol was the biggest mistake in nutritional history. The following video goes into detail about the true history of vitamin E as well as why it failed as an antioxidant and causes higher mortality rates.

  • Binge watched all your videos while studying for my final exam. You are the best!
    But please, this came out today, help me debunk it! Arguments confuse me.. Yeah, I’m no science major!

  • They should absolutely positively make more of antioxidants in capsules vitamins to consume for excellent health let’s make it happen ppl may god bless protect us love positivity blessings 2020 2021 2022 & on ����������❤������������

  • i used to take mdma every week for 2 months. almost 1 gram per week.

    without the anti-oxidents i would be dead right now. i took multi-vitamins, 4000 vitamin C, 400 E, ALA, ALCA and for serotonin and dopamine production 5htp.

    with this combination i got no harm from the MDMA toxic, lots of energy day after and i could take it without loosing the effects because the body wasn’t in trauma after each use since i insert so much anti-oxidents and multi-vitamin.

     B3 specific and 5htp is the combination to make sure your body take the 5Htp and use it for serotonin and dopamine and not for creation of B3 since it’s first in priority.

  • Another thing that companies lie to the consumers is the antioxidants in skincare.
    Antioxidants are very unstable in skincare products, so there might be very little of it left when you’re putting it on your face, and there’s no evidence saying applying topical antioxidants would do anything in a cellular level.
    The reason why they put antioxidants in products is to stabilize the product itself and make it last longer. But telling people that their products have antioxidants to help them fight free radicals is just a blatant lie

  • Thanks buddy, I almost throw up taking thosr huge pillls everytime. I was always skeptic of them for being not measurable but my dad keeps telling me to take them. Now I’d show him this video and then offer him a mid ground of antioxidant rich diets instead.

  • This kid has no idea what hes talking about. Antioxidants are important but they don’t take the place of the 91 essential nutrients that your body needs every day 60 minerals 12 amino acids 16 vitamins and 3 fatty acids

  • This whole episode has no scientific value as under the name of “vitamin E” there are many molecules and they can be administered in many ways and in many dosages. Therefore the contradictions you found, may just don’t exist and instead, each study needs to be individually analysed for its specific methods and results, with no real comparison.

  • Or maybe foods with high antioxidant levels are more healthy, high in fibre and all to protect against disease. Maybe they induce intrinsic production of antioxidants in the host. Who knows

  • Maybe try focusing on one compound at a time?

    You would think a scientist would be smarter than that.

    Oh wait I forgot. You didn’t want to find any benefits in the first place.

  • Or like, maybe we didn’t evolve our bodies in a way that makes supplements a viable source of nutrients. Pretty sure cavemen didn’t run down to some vitamin store to pick up a bottle of gel capsules filled with extracted nutrients. Then again, maybe I’m biased because I would rather eat a colorful diet than spend money on random pills.

  • So taurine is “nonessential” because you can make it, but antioxidants are really good even though glutathione is a thing? Right…

  • Ah, good old scape goat vitamin E acetate…..always given in isolation for studies, and always comes back as not good to take in ISOLATION. A real cherry picker here.

  • Supplements are never as good as Organic, sometimes they aren’t even the same. Beetroot extract pills can lower blood pressure by 8 points. By an organic beetroot drink can lower it as much as 50-60 points. I have noticed no difference between periods where I drink tea and periods when I haven’t. Antioxidants don’t seem to do anything.

  • For crying out loud people, you don’t have to go out of your way for antioxidants. You should all be drinking lots of TEA anyway, especially green tea, especially for anyone trying to lose weight. What else are you going to drink? Other drinks are just sugar water, but you need something good tasting to drink with meals. TEA or bust.

  • Eat a wholesome diet is the key. Dose make the poison so too much of anything is always bad. A lot of time when ppl get the feel good factor from taking these supplements could also be attributed to its placebo effect and most of the time ppl who take supplements are health conscious ppl who’re active as well. So there is no magic cure to all, you gotta do it the holistic way and you will be promised a quality life, not long life. To live long is not something we can control easily, it’s probably already written in our gene

  • Been using antioxidant for 14 years and I look younger than any of my friends of the same age. I only get cold or coughs once every 2 years or longer. Plus I know how long can I live if I didn’t do anything so I’d rather do something different that’s unproven to fail yet

  • He’s correct, this is a multi billion industry that’s a complete sham.

    But it would have been nice to hear which were the three combined antioxidants in the particular study that reduced the risk of eye disease. He might not think eye disease is a big deal, but macular degeneration, retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts are an increasing issue in aging.

    It could be lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin, but who knows? These are good for eye health in foods but might be useless as supplemental antioxidants as most are.

    There’s also been an ongoing study, 20+ years so far, in mice that has yet to prove supplemental antioxidants do the same thing as food sources. This is really frustrating the antioxidant industry.

    The only antioxidant that does have science behind it appears to be resveratrol.

  • You cannot claim this by only looking at studies about vitamin E… There are so many studies which supports that usage of antioxidant supplements are beneficial.

  • When things are live and fresh,they are better than processed products,like antioxidants,fresh fruits,especially cherries and citrus are high in antioxidants,once being processed,they loses those living life forces Chinese calls CHI,Indian calls PRANA,our earth and sunshine produce a life force that when eaten as fresh as from the trees,it highly nourish our bodies,that’s why villagers lives healthier and has longer life.

  • The only mistake I found in this video is “during” should be pronounced “durr-ing,” not “dear-ing.” More seriously though, thanks and keep it up!!!!!

  • Given large enough sample size of people you can find statistically significant results that say wearing red scarf every Friday increases the risk of lung cancer. Or you can find that watching Bob Ross every other day can improve your sperm count.

    It is an unfortunate or maybe very fortunate thing that the humans tend to not be very statistically friendly subjects. Our strange smart habits tend to be able to wreck every attempt to make good statistics. And the 21st century with its vast array of medical improvements, as well as vast amounts of ways to damage the human being doesn’t help the statistics at all.

    Given our artificial varied environment it is hard to be sure about just about anything research can find. Because just when you think you have counted everything, new facts tend to crawl from under the carpet and ruin your study.

  • Queer Eye? Seriously? The Term “Vitamin E” can mean a number of different substances. MIXED Tocopherols is the only effective “Vitamin E”. “Scientists” (which they are not) choose to ignore the known differences in these substances. Dosage is definitely a huge factor. Why is Vitamin C not mentioned? I’ll tell you why. It’s because large dosages of Vitamin C threatens the huge allopathic medical industry. All natural cures for disease threaten the medical industry. Oh, but it’s only a few billion dollars. That cannot be factor, can it?

  • I saw a documentry once looking at blood serum levels of 2 antioxidant compounds and found supplementation of a blueberry extract lead to a spike in overall blood serum for antioxidants in the short term but lead to a depression far below normal levels over a protracted length of time similar to the insulin blood sugar response. In short supplementing with excess antioxidants reduced overall antioxidants in the blood for a significant period of time.

    Cant find the source but it was a tiny sample reproducing an observed phenomenon for tv

  • I like that addition of tea throughout the day. Makes me wonder what drinking coffee throughout the day does regarding to the antioxidants vs oxidation

  • It could also be that humans aren’t reliable to take their doses as scheduled. People on a Mediterranean diet due to living conditions/location don’t have a choice but to reliably take the “doses” of antioxidants.

  • I thought its because anti-oxidants are best taken as part of the wholefood, so by extracting the supposed anti-oxidants away from the food it loses it’s power. Its like taken the wheels away from a bike because it is the wheels that move forward but without the rest of the bike you go nowhere.

  • 5:30 or a lot of supplements don’t have what it says on the label and you need different antioxidants, because the radicals travel from one kind to another kind of antioxidant..
    until they somehow become harmless, we don’t know yet, idk maybe I don’t remember

  • Most supplements are no replacement for a balanced diet. They have their uses but they’re not as big a deal as some people make them out to be.

  • There are studies that show that natural sources of antioxidants work, but supplements don’t. There is a theory that we need the whole package, not just isolated vitamins. Why? Anyone’s guess. Just eat your fruits, berries and greens people. Cutting back a little on meat is also not a bad idea.

  • Could quality of the product being tested make a difference? I have a hard time accepting the studies because I don’t know where they are getting their product and whether the quality is good.
    Then you have to consider the form of the antioxidant and how absorbent it is and the gut health of the individual. To me these are some of the variables that need to be answered when presenting research results.

  • One thing I rarely see people bring up when it comes to supplements is bioavailability. Sometimes people absorb nutrients better from certain foods than other foods… And this is part of the issue with supplements. Yeah, a pill might be chock full of something, but that doesn’t mean it’s gonna actually make it into your system.

  • When in doubt. Just reach the needed mineral and vitamin requirements your body needs, and you’ll do fine. At the most natural limit human life span is 124 years, and in the end Gravity always wins. Unless you have a full body scan of yourself when you were say 16 or 18. To build new parts from the prime of your body’s life. We’re going to break down. Take care of yourself best you can find reason to be happy, and enjoy that you’re here.

  • 4:35 Whoa, that mediterranean diet escalated quickly!
    Pomegranate on zucchini, meat with raw parsley, a suspiciously greasy hummus and dried olives in… ehm, olive oil?!

  • Cherry picking meta analysis by Mr Pharma, or not mentioned about sickness caused by lack of vitamins and minerals, that’s to Real.

  • Maybe you are right. But i have my dude. I used to antioxidant. 1 is alpha lipoic acid and the other is pignogenol combine separately with others supplements. And my changes are incredibly or amazing. But maybe you are right just maybe. But for me just for me you are wrong.

  • I dont want to be mean. But i hope this guy gets run over by a truck and dies slowly and painfully so that trace can take his place. I dont even really like trace.

  • Mike, love your channel. Do you know on average how long it would take on a low fat plant based diet to reach a base line low LDL value?

  • They can keep their pills. I will continue making my green juice in my juicer which even my son loved growing up. He would get upset with me if I made some and didn’t save him any.:P I use Kale, Carrots, Celery, and Apples. Heidi

  • The thing about supplements is they are not the ideal way for our bodies to receive anything. Organic over anything synthetic. Better to get omega from nuts or fish than to take supplement pills. We need nutrition from natural sources

  • Very interesting indeed. My own research, to be ‘Published Soon’™ indicates with an outstanding 100% correlation that death among humans (and some others species as well) evidences heart failure. That’s right, in 100% of the cases of death, the heart fails to beat. I’m gonna be so famous! Maybe even a Nobel prize! World lecture tours! Ahhhh, so famous…

  • A healthy diet with great variety of fruit and vegetables will always be more beneficial than eating processed foods and taking supplements.

  • I work in a supermarket and I shit you not, about 90% of my customers did not buy and fruit or veg. They had cream cakes, dead chickens and other bits of animal corpses, crisps (chips to Americans) butter, eggs, sweets (candy), pies and all kinds of shit. They all looked morbidly obese too or sick
    🙁 it’s so sad to see

  • Great video, Im from Oklahoma, and got the chance to go out to San Francisco and work for 3 weeks, I was hoping to run into yall while I was there, it was a great place to run, especially up north of San Francisco. I hope to go back sometime.

  • Great video! And agreed sticking with as much of a whole foods, plant based diet as you can, should get you all the natural antioxidants you need. Also helps with reducing inflammation & recovery ������������✌��

  • Actually the isolation of alpha tocopherol was probably the biggest mistake in nutritional history. The following video describes this mistake in detail as well as demonstrates why it fails as an antioxidant.

  • Looking throught the list of antioxidant amounts in various foods, it seems almost impossible to get to 11mmol per day. And what is up with all the american versions of the same food having like half the amount of antioxidants?

  • Antioxidants may also make cancer worse. They stop cancer cells from oxidizing allowing them to grow. The studies were done with supplements, but I won’t chance it by eating mostly foods high in antioxidants.

  • Hands down my favorite video of yours. I use the daily dozen app so I’m confident that I get enough antioxidants on a regular basis. The pencil analogy is great!

  • I dunno…taping it shut (bandaids) might be of benefit in flu…Drink a glass of supoeroxide dismutase, and call me in the morning.

  • Heme-iron isn’t more absobarble, plant iron absorbtion is just regulated by the body depending on how much he wants and isn’t forced against it’s needs to absorb it all like it is happening with animal heme-iron.

  • Hi Mic, I would like to ask you if is it possible to overdose on antioxidants(without taking supplements) and if yes, how much would that be?

  • I like the video, but it’s a little bit clickbait because it’s mainly about antioxidant supplements and not antioxidant-rich unrefined food like vegetables, fruits, etc.
    These are, as you say in the video, linked to positive health benefits.

  • Taoists have known about this for thousands of years. After having a healthy breakfast in the morning, which resets the suprachiasmatic nucleus, they recommend a cup of green tea mid morning in between breakfast and lunch which helps the mouth. This video is showing me that it has an extra effect of supplying some of that anti-oxidant in between meals without upsetting caloric intake or eating every 2 hours like a crazy person.

  • Hey Mic! I was wondering if you can help me out here. I guess you also read “How not to Die” by Dr. Greger. I just passed the section of how Hyperoxides are created, with this nice metaphore of the Hulk Oxygen-Molecule. What isn’t stated, but I would love to know, is the connection of the following: Do hyperoxides also occure more when animal protein is introduced, as it is much more reactive and more oxygen molecules can get a hold of its energy before the electrons are “defused” by the mitochondria in the body or is it simply the fact that those foods don’t supply enough antioxidants? Probably a combo of both I guess, but I just wanted to ask if you know of anything particular?

  • Can getting lots of antioxidants partially reverse the aging effects of oxidative stress on the skin? My skin looks older than my years and I’d love to see some improvement. I’m a newly branded Cowspiracy vegan… two weeks and loving it.

  • Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and exercise increases free radicals. So what you are saying is I should have a cup of coffee before I jump on my bike, done and done.

  • Why do you determine antioxidant needs based on caloric intake? A plant based meal would demand only a portion of antioxidants compared to an animal product based meal with the same amount of calories

  • Thank you for making the free radical pencil analogy! I always had trouble understanding that concept and you made it crystal clear.

  • Here’s one of the two smoothies I make every day. A tbsp curcumin, a tbsp unsweetened dark chocolate powder, 2 tbsp ground flax, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp raw honey, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar with mother, 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp cardamom. All mixed in 2 cups of hibiscus tea with cloves. An antioxidant superpower.

  • vitamins a c and e are antioxidants ☺
    your body makes them on its own as well.
    It is true though that if you don’t eat enough of these vitamins (and other antioxidants) you can get severe disorders. this, in the other also is true if your balance is offset and you eat to many.
    this is aan intersting topic and I did a thesis in it 2 years ago. ☺

  • Hey Mic
    i once read an article in the german Version of the Scientific American. there the author claimed that we might have to rethink our view of oxidative stress as something Bad but something helpful. one example was that Sport is beneficial to our health not despite but rattert because of the oxidative Stress it takes on our body. the idea was that the Stress helps the body to prepare for future challanges.
    unfortunatly i cant find this article anymore. So i want to ask you if you know something in this direction. is more oxidative Stress really always related to a worse health?
    thanks for any help on this and keep up the good work.

  • Wait. If sun light is associated with photoaging but at the same time you need that time of exposure to get some amount of vitamine D-3…what do we do?:P

  • New to your channel. Love it.
    Are there reliable studies looking at white blood count in vegans compared to non vegans. My WBC is quite low and my doctor is sending me to a hematologist. I believe it’s my plant based diet and it’s a good thing my WBC is low. PROVE ME RIGHT!!

  • Green tea is one of the best sources of antioxidants out there especially Matcha which is a Japanese powdered ceremonial tea but really any high quality tea will do. I’ve been drinking it for three years from grocery store tea bags to loose leaf. If you combine that with fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats you are revved up and ready to go. A smoker could sure benefit from it as well.

  • purple cabbage got plenty of antioxidants and is cheap and tasty. I love slicing it up and munching it with lemon or vinegar when I wait my meal to finish cooking

  • Mic, I had a dream recently that I met you in real life at a YMCA. You were an employee and working on remodeling the children’s section when I bumped into you. You were very nice and fun to meet.

  • Can you talk about nutrient cycling? I’ve heard several vegan docs talk about it, especially the ones that endorse very simple diets, even the potato diet! Maybe 2000 kcals of potatoes have enough antioxidants?

  • I would love to be one of your patrons but unfortunately I barely survive in this oversaturated market for our attention, The limited jobs supply, my inability to deal with redundancy and the irrational prejudice against intelligence expressed everywhere in the world and most pertinently to the point I’m making here, the shadowbanning of my content on YouTube and the destruction of my organic growth potential AKA economic terrorism.

    Ironically, the very methods of quality control that offer the world access and making us efficiently aware of your content, is the same conformity validation and enabling that destroys my ability to pay you…

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  • You’re so objective, but you’re solidly getting your point across without being so god awfully offensive. Hey, glad I wound up at your channel. ღღღღ

  • When you realize that this man needs to create a college course on longevity and wellness due to his ongoing efforts in uploading these informational and factual videos.

  • I was at the pharmacy yesterday and i say piles of Vit-C for sale
    People are just stupid,
    they dont get it, they value more that is inside plastic
    then what nature gives us in abundance

  • whole plant food vegans can be anti-oxidant deficient too. I mostly eat lentils, nuts, seeds and grains. I don’t eat fruits everyday.

  • here is a recipe for my go to anti-oxidant food, mulligatawny soup: Vegan Mulligatawny Soup recipe, 4 Servings
    3 Tablespoons vegetable oil optional
    2 garlic cloves, chopped
    1/2 cinnamon stick
    6 cloves
    2 teaspoons garam masala
    1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    1 bay leaf
    1 medium carrot diced
    1 medium onion cut into 8 or 12 pieces, or 4 small shallots, cut in half
    1/2 cup chopped cabbage
    2 cup dried red lentils (masoor dal)
    4 cups water
    1 lime (juiced)
    Black pepper about 4 or 5 twists, or 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
    1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1 small bunch Cilantro chopped for garnish
    Chop carrots onto small pieces, chop cabbage into shreads, chop onion into chunks and grate or finely chop garlic.
    Add oil to a stock pot and place on medium high heat. Then add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Add all the whole spices and stir once or twice. Add carrots and onion pieces. Add lentils and water and reduce heat to a simmer. Add lime juice, pepper and salt.
    Cook ingredients for about 20 minutes, or until carrots are soft. To serve, ladle into bowls, take out the cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon and garnish with cilantro.

  • That was ill informed and irresponsible. Why didn’t you do some research and state to the only was to improve blood antioxidant levels is by eating whole plant foods. Yes antioxidant supplement s are a waste, but VEGETABLES. why did you leave out eating actual fruits and vegetables

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  • How much antioxidants is too much? cause free radicals are needed for killing cance cells and other cells…?? can cause cancer if we eat too much???

  • In terms of intestinal anatomy and digestive kinetics, meat consumption did not pose a problem. However, protein-rich diets can exceed the liver’s capacity to convert the excess nitrogen into urea. Excessive protein intake becomes dangerous when the percentage ofcalories from protein exceeds 35% of the total diet (3g/kg of body weight/day). This toxicity notably takes the form of hyperaminoacidemia, hyperammoniemia, and hyperinsulinemia leading to death (Bilsborough and Mann, 2006). This means the non-deleterious protein intake for adult Homo habilis was around 135g/day, for Homo erectus it was around 180 g/day, Homo sapiens 210 g/day, and Homo neanderthalensis 240g/day. With a ratio ofaround 22.7g proteins/100g ofmuscle for African ruminants (Cordain et al., 2001), this was a maximum muscle intake around 600 g, 800 g and 925 g respectively for adults. The consumption of subcutaneous fat made it possible to avoid excess protein intake. The brains ofAfrican herbivores provided decent quantities of DHA depending on the species,

  • How to ensure a high(er) intake of antioxidants throughout the day starting first thing in the morning? Well, my favourite breakfast is a Mango + Coffee! I have been known for munching on two Kohlrabi + Coffee, as well, and I do not oppose bunch of sweet juicy carrots in that breakfast antioxidant rotation either. How can that be wrong? Right!? Massaged Kale salad for lunch (google the recipe, it’s divine and so simple! Just three ingredients and done in 5 minutes!), green or red Thai Curry on rice for dinner, and in between the main courses lots of fresh fruits, nuts and veggies for snacking. My skin is glowing and I can feel my telomeres elongating in divine joy!!!

  • Im Vegan 100% and legumes give me a liquid Ass every single time. I mean full on explosive toilet destroying Ass cannon shit that the neighbouring country feels as an earthquake.

    Am I cursed?

  • because eating less diaries, meat, eggs and other shit will happen whenever you eat a lot of fruits and vegies..
    but the facts dont matter when your precious bacon is attacked

  • Amla (Amalaki) is NOT disgusting xD. It’s kinda sour, but it tastes fine. I just sweeten it til the sweet balances the sour at neutral or just slightly sweet, usually with some antioxidant rich molasses!

  • After looking at the list, I noticed that most of the foods tested from the USA had lower antioxidant levels. Made me wonder if it was due to GMO or pesticides/poor soil. The USA paprika was higher (and I admit not fully looking at the list before posting this).

  • 12:37 You can add a little bit of pumpkin to your oatmeal. Season with the pumpkin pie spices and maybe some date sugar, and you are good to go. I also put raisins in my pumpkin oatmeal too. You can probably also add in some nuts too.

    Also another good food with a diverse antioxidant profile are goji berries. Here’s a paper detailing what they have:

  • I just made a big batch of soup last night in a stock pot. I put in navy beans, edamame, broccoli slaw, sliced grape tomatoes, Onion, carrots, celery, curry powder (a lot), homemade veggie stock (made from veggie cuttings). I don’t usually think about what is in most of my food when I fix it. I figure I’m getting whatever I need and my labs are perfect. For breakfast I put together old-fashion oats, chopped walnuts, Hemp seeds, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, fresh golden figs, kale, and douse it with almond milk, and warm it up it the microwave. Sometimes I may add some cinnamon and nutmeg. All very yummy! When I remember to, I also add some of my homemade “ground meat” which is made up of riced cauliflower, riced mushrooms, and ground walnuts, which has been mixed together, spread onto parchment paper in a baking pan, baked at 350 for 20 minutes, stirred and baked for another 20 minutes.

  • Also black pepper appears to aid in the absorption of other molecules, such as beta carotene. So It makes sense to add it to every dish you can.

  • Grated carrot with crushed black pepper and lemon juice, some salt if you choose. That or make a carrot, apple, ginger/turmeric, lemon juice.

  • At 4:04 you say “The one exception for supplements is that a combination of three antioxidants moderately reduce the risk of age-related eye disease”. Would you please elaborate on that (which antioxidants? what study?). Thanks. Great show, as usual.

  • I wonder how that one blueberry study kept antioxidant levels elevated for 4 hours?
    Maybe more fat consumed with the blueberries to create a timed release effect?

  • apparently B17… found in beansprouts… jack of all trades… the ultimate anticarcinogen they say…oddly it makes a strange kind of sense in my unconscious intuition circuits:]

  • Plants are so underrated. They are the most amazing living things on this planet. We literally can’t live without them. Praise to the plant world

  • I always have an antioxidant fruit smoothie in the morning (blueberries, strawberries and mango cause why not) so I hope that does it for my daily consumption

  • I just had a quick read of the comments and wow. I am plant based myself I do it for health reasons because I care about my health and want to eat right. I stopped eating all meat and dairy with the exception of some sardines or salmon every now and then for the B12 and other benefits. The amount of comments here from people picking fun at meat eaters is shameful. Comments just provoking them for no reason other then to make yourselves feel good or superior? If you really care about the the world we live in how about you treat people with the same love you show to animals? Don’t make stupid comments to make yourself feel great and put others down, instead educate people to the health benefits of eating a mostly plant based whole food diet. The real health benefits and facts are more likely to encourage people to take positive steps in their diets and make a real change in their life’s which is a great benefit for them and for the Earth, more people eating low or no meat/dairy once a week instead of 2 or 3 times a day would already make a huge difference. Comments like “HEY MEAT EATERS, WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR ANTIOXIDANTS? HA HA. ��” do no one any good as it just feeds the already established idea that a lot of vegans feel superior and act obnoxious, not to mentioned meat eaters can also eat fruit and veg so they get it them from the same place as you and me. That is what turns people off making a real change in their diets and life and that is what has established these ideas about vegans even though its not everyone and only a few. If you really want to make a difference treat people with respect and explain things to them in a way that will trigger them to think about it and make the change themselves, don’t insult people or you will always have this horrible reputation. Be a good person and try to make positive change the right way.

  • nobody discuss the main source of oxidation in our diets= chlorinated water even after boiling, plus any veggies older than 1 hour start oxidation process-solution is not more antioxidants that do not work or have very moderate effects but to simply eat less.Any food creates oxidation and any metabolic process creates organs destruction

  • make a video on soil depletion and low content of mineral /micro elements even in organic soil due to fact that the soil was used for generation in conventional agriculture and not replanished properly

  • awesome awesome. I start most days with a smoothie with 1 to 1.5 c. of greens (spinach, chard, kale); 1 c of blueberries;.5 banana and some low fat plant milk (usually soy). I think that is an antioxidant wonder drink. hurrah. oh, and I love curcumin!!:)

  • Amla: put a half teaspoon Amla powder in your smoothie. You won’t taste it and it doesn’t change the texture either. Costs a few cents.

  • Bell peppers (or their real name, capsicums) are technically fruit you silly bugger. Any chance of doing a video on how you prepare your oatmeal breakfast?

  • I find eating a combination of kidney beans and black beans to be the most effective way for me to get a decent protein intake while also getting tons of antioxidants. The ORAC score of black and kidney beans is very high.

  • Iron deficiency anemia. This seems to be a blind spot in the vegan blogs, Youtube channels. There seems to be a number of vegans who cannot raise their ferritin level no matter what they do. Even iron supplements seem to have little effect. Are low ferritin levels natural among some vegans? Can vegans rely on the tests that were standardized for the general population? Should you worry about low ferritin levels if you are otherwise healthy, strong and free from anemia symptoms? A little off topic, perhaps, but no one seems to have addressed this issue as yet.

  • Hi Mic, quite a few of us Vegans are struggling w digestive issues NOT BECAUSE OF PLANT BASED EATING… because of poor eating in the past. I watch goji( and you and Greger ) for the nutrition Info. But would u ever consider doing occasional recipes that are low histamine and GF and low candida??? For ie: I just made sweet potato and oat flour pancakes. They were awesome.

  • Antioxidation is a mathematical formula, unlike chemical chains. However, there are five subcategories. Strong Acid antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, weak acid antioxidants such as flax oil, weak alkaline antioxidants such as butternut squash and strong alkaline antioxidants such as Turmeric[1] or Chlorella[2]. They should be taken only with each other. The groups mic showed are typically in the same sub categories but not always. This also goes for supplements and I do not know what criteria was used for reported testing but I assume that the testers did not realize that mixing sub cats would neutralize the mix. Also, fresh produce has the advantage of weighing more than supplements so I would like to make sure the volume difference is being counted.
    Do not be afraid of acid antioxidants. Only acid oxidants are dangerous.
    Alkaline/antioxidant water can be a giant supplement, however, it enters the blood from stomach and is a category of its own. This must be electrically charged with ions just before consuming. The anti-oxidation does not last for more than a few hours and it starts decreasing as soon as it is created. An electrolysis machine would be necessary. Do not use Alum Oxide pitchers. Reverse osmosis water is highly oxidative, such as Disanti, Aquafina and Nestle Pure Life. Even Poland Spring is high oxidation due to the granite in the White Mountains where it originates. Check your water for oxidation potential with a device meant for aquariums. Its called a redox meter.
    [1] Ferments in your digestive system before it can release its full dose.
    [2] Often does not fully ferment and thus, much of the advantage gets wasted.

  • Thanks for telling me about amla. Going to see if I can find some. I can handle terrible tasting food. Hell, the taste might even grow on me. I’m a delayed masochist like that.

  • Yes amla does taste horrible! I use it in a DIY face and hair mask. But lately I manage to add 1/4 of a teaspoon to my breakfast bowl and just try to hide that terrible bitterness behind raw cacao, coconut blossom sugar and tahini. After a while you get used to it and don’t wanna miss it:-)

  • I’ve read a couple of articles online that claim that antioxidants in food only benefit those whose cells are already being damaged by one of more factors (red meat, smoking/pollutants, alcohol, sugar, etc.). Their theory is that, if you already live a healthy lifestyle, the antioxidant properties of certain vegetables will have no real effect, as there are no cells to fix (they didn’t negate the fact that whole vegetables are still a good idea for several other reasons, just not for their antioxidants). I’m curious about the science behind these claimsI myself have no talent for science whatever.

  • Hi there Mike,
    I have a question about Alpha Linolenic Acid found in Chia and Flaxseed. I am a Chia lover, but I was concerned about the huge amount of ALA intake up to 30g from my Chia desserts. My own research didn’t yield conclusive answer to wthether they could thin the blood and/or have other dangers coming with them as they totally turn the n6:n3 intake ratio. Do you have anything better that can have a good answer to this concern?
    Many studies support an n6:n3 ratio of 1:1 up to 4:1 as optimal. My ratios are usually 1:1 and 2:1, yet today for instance it’s 1:2. ��

  • Yeah amla is nasty on its own but I put one teaspoon of amla powder in my morning smoothie (with lots of greens and fruit for taste) and I don’t taste the amla! Give it a try.:)

  • Can you address the formation of acrylamide on plant-based foods when they are browned/cooked? I just found this:

  • I always have cans of pumpkin puree on hand to put in my oatmeal. I also love making pumpkin puree, almond butter, and banana sandwiches when I’m not in the mood to cook in the morning.

  • I find turmeric and vanilla extract to be a great addition to Oatmeal + antioxidant boost.
    Also, for tea I find cacao+ginger tea to be a great mid-day tea.

    Does clove/cinnamon stick/ginger boil in water retain its antioxidants?
    How do the positive effects of intermittent fasting compare to the downsides of gradual antioxidant decay? (It seems unlikely there is much research on this..)

  • Hey fellow vegans, do you watch out for your manganese levels? Mine are frequently over on Cronometer even though I eat a whole food vegan diet.

  • Glutathion is antioxidant of the human body and his way to fight oxydative stress, antioxydant of plant work for plant only, actualy antioxydant are pro-oxidant for human body and the body react to this by increasing Glutathion secretion, which mean that all type of antioxydant you eat have an indirect way to increase your ability to fight oxydative stress by increasing Glutathion…

  • One thing that opened up my world of daily oatmeal was savoury oats. I chop in any veggies or crispy fruits I have laying around, like carrots, celery, beets, zucchini, peppers, garlic… and then I spice the crap out of it. I’ll use thyme, oregano, parsley, paprika, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, and whatever random else seems good. I remember thinking the idea strange at first, but now I prefer savoury oats to sweet oats probably 6 days out of 7.

  • I read that matcha tea contains a toxic heavy metal. Ordinary tea that you brew doesnt, because it stays in the tea leaves and doesn’t leach into the water.

  • Aloha @Mic the vegan: when were you cooking at Down to Earth??? And which one?
    Looking forward to your curry recipe…yes I got your awesome cookbook! Mahalo!

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  • Actually the isolation of alpha tocopherol was probably the biggest mistake in nutritional history. The following video describes this mistake in detail as well as demonstrates why it fails as an antioxidant.

  • Great! Hey, Guys have u have get wondered that among green tea, tomatoes, red wine and chocolates which one has highest level of antioxidants
    go through the link, u will get amazed @t

  • So in other words as usual nobody knows and yet they’ll say “I told you so” on either outcome because they said everything vaguely enough to take credit for the good & bad.

  • Yet another bullshit video!! I’ve been taking antioxidants consistently for 18 years and my health is near perfect. Alpha lipoic acid, pycnogenol, resveratrol and glutathione are the most potent in the world! Stop spreading these lies! You must be kin to the Orange idiot at 1600 Pennsylvania ave.

  • All you need to do is to make sure that you do all things in moderation. I am sure that stuffing yourself with anything is not going to be good in the long run. Our bodies have been molded by nature for quite a long time and our evolution and genetic code has has millions of years to make sure that what we do on a daily basis keeps us alive. Humans however are a bit tricky because we have these pesky things called brains and we tend to overthink many things including our diets. Just eat natural food and make it somewhat balanced and fulfill your dietary desires with as many organic things as you can and you will be okay. The reason I say organic is because eating things like pop-tarts for breakfast was most likely not the way nature has been designing us to feed for millions of years. Just give your body what it is asking for… and you know very well what that is, even if you think you might not.

  • nutrition science is very reductive. it separates every nutrition from the food source which contains dozens if not hundreds of other things. the interactions between nutritions are so complex, trying to determine anything is either good or bad is not only in vain but also harmful. we are omnivores for a reason we should eat many many things to stay health. supplements are completely redundant for healthy people.

  • There was studies done with microscopic worms and mouses and they found that both species did not live longer even when using lots of antioxidants, and they did not live shorter when not getting any antioxidants. Some groups not getting antioxidants even lived longer because all the free radicals slowed mitochondrias down.

  • Actually, there is a lot of factors that research doesn’t consider.. I think you have to be your own researcher to see if things work or not..being healthy should not be that hard, but we don’t all own land and grow our own foods or cook it ourselves. But if you are interested in health, then Staying away from chemicals and pesticides, as well as scraped pots and pans, for example, can keep you from harming your body’s insides.. I’d also recommend not eating synthetic foods…

  • Humans are obligate carnivores, in the wild our “leafy green” consumption would’ve been almost nothing (and plant food in general limited) our guts arent designed for the amount of fruit (sugar) and vegetable (also sugar) we’re currently struggling to digest. Antioxidants are more in the placebo category, but honestly any health craze from the 1980’s thats still in practice today needs to be dismissed as the pseudoscience that it is.��

  • Our bodies make oxydants or free radical oxygen compounds. Our bodies make them! Why? That is how the body fights off virus, bacteria and all pathogens. So if our body creates oxydants to fight of pathogens why do we want to destroy these chemicals our bodies produce? Because some twit said it will reverse aging. Now anti oxydants are all the rage! Great. Get rid of the oxydants and guess what you have no immune system. Smart indeed.

  • For the past few months I have been drinking lot of green tea(full of antioxidants and vitems) must drink plain two thermos minimum or one more 250mil a day In total 1 liter daily. I’ve noticed that my acne went away shortly after I started drinking them it also healed my skin big time. Next I’m going to test if green coffee at least three times a day decaf to see it will affect my health I’ll have to see though the results in three months. That’s how long it took to get results depending on your body weight.

  • I have been smoking cigs for the last 10 years, smoking cannabis for the last 16 years, i was a heroin addict for 6 years and i have done every single drug you can think of. BUT, I’m also a fucking health freak, I drink all kinds of teas, I eat healthy, i take NAC which increases your own endogenous antioxidants and I take herbal medicine. My point is, I am almost 30 years old and I still look like im 20, always been fit, Never get sick and my mind works better than most people. So stop eating bullshit and use natural medicine, you will thank yourself later.

  • It could be possibile that the same people that take that supplements are or feel not heathy enough. So there could be a correlation but not a causation.

  • Fact: Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food for energy. Question: If I eat ANYTHING, even a banana my body produces free radicals?

  • Is being alive healthy?
    It’s proven time and time again that being alive DRASTICALLY increases the chances of all known diseases, also it is terrible enough that it GUARANTEES death.

  • Antioxidants might be benefitial for our microbiome and digestive system, and a lot of them are excreted into the feces. But once absorbed into the bloodstream or once they start to accumulate into fat cells, they might actually promote cancer growth, as pointed out by Nobel Laureate James Watson, by preventing cancer cells death initiated by apoptosis induced by oxidative mechanisms. A low-fat diet may prevent fat soluble antioxidant to accumulate into the body and to end up protecting cancer cells from the body defense that are oxidative mechanisms. That is also why antioxidant supplementation may be linked to increased cancer risk.

  • This video basically singlehandedly makes me want to quit this channel. Wow what a bunch of “I have no clue what I’m talking about but it’s great to attract views by defying comonly accepted science…” just leaving people confused and frustrated with how they can’t trust anything anymore. Great job!

  • This video is fucking cancer, all it’s going to do is make people feel good about their bad eating habits, and harm people with chronic diseases. Fringe science at it’s best. But ofc saying “antioxidants are good for you” isn’t as click-baity, everyone knows that.

  • I know this is a very rare and specific question, but I am having trouble researching it on my own. I have a friend that would like to be vegan for the animals and her health. The problem is, she has narcolepsy. On her omni diet, she is told to completely avoid carbs when possible. She takes meds for her condition. But she says that even things like a sweet potato or too many carbs like rice and legumes and she will pass out. I have been having a hard time finding any information whatsoever on veganism for narcoleptics. I know this isn’t video worthy, but if you had any information, I would love to pass it along and help her transition towards veganism.

  • This makes sense considering increasing reactive oxygen species is one way to kill certain types of cancer cells because they are already under heavy oxidative stress.

  • Just like most proteins and molecules in your body, there are different types of anti-oxidants. They definitely do help in preventing damage so there needs to be a clearer distinction between which types are detrimental to health instead of misleading the general population

  • The problem is that we focus too much on macronutrients instead of whole foods… fruits vegetables, grains, and nuts instead of carbs, protein, fats, vitamins, antioxidants..

  • Nutrition is very complex with so many chemical interactions you need to keep track under controlled scenarios explains why it’s so damn hard to find a conclusive results, which by themselves, the inconclusive ones we have now, they don’t necessarily mean that anti-oxidants doesn’t work, the correct question should be like, when where and by how much do they do work, cause it’s pretty much nonsense and unlikely to think that they wouldn’t/don’t.

  • Lame can sum it all up to not being able to trust supplements. Its pretty misleading actually, you absolutely should eat more fruits and vegetables because that will extend your life not neccassarily because theyre high in antioxidants, no promises on gmo. Shit no promises on organic, in fact you should try to buy as local as possible because in most cases the longer it takes for you to get the food the less benefit it will have for you

  • We are humans we evolved by what we ate. Synthetic vitamins are dangerous they only mimic the original molecule or complex.
    Popping up a multivitamin pill or powder was and will never be a good idea for humans in near future. We evolved by EATING food that “PRODUCES” vitamins for itself. As we all know humans can not produce vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals to itself.
    So nature outsourced our that job to fruits, leafy greens, seeds, and some animals. Keep in Mind

  • Blueberries are definately overhyped as a superfood, but they’re also definately underhyped for their taste they’re absolutely delicious!!

  • Antioxidants remove oxides like rust from our bodies. Oxides reduce oxygen to cells. Less oxygen to cells and higher body pH greater chance of cancer. We know many metal oxides are bad for us. Nitric oxide is good for heart conditions. As it allows less oxygen up take to keep blood cells flowing. Oxygen reacts to metals in our bodies just like we see outside our bodies.

  • What about the studies that says antioxidant is not good for training

  • This episode of seeker is brought to you by the factory farm industry, also by the foundation for American prosperity by the Koch brothers!

  • That’s science today: one says they are good, the other says they are bad. Scientific studies are planned in such a way to find what they want to find, not what is necessarily true!

  • People are often stuck in this weird mindset that things have to be either all good or all bad for you. When in reality, things often seem to be good in some ways and potentially bad in other ways. It’s way too over simplified. They see an article on wine saying it’s good for something and then another one saying it’s bad for something, then they say “science” changed it’s mind.. when in reality both studies are still legitimate, since they don’t even overlap at all. Plus, a finding isn’t set in stone.. goes back to the scientific method.

  • What about acetylcysteine? Nurses that I know say it’s used all the time for everything from asthma/bronchitis to helping reduce damage done to the liver by acetaminophen & alcohol. Apparently it also leads to the production of the antioxidant glutathione. I’ve looked at several studies and it seems like no one can agree what the health effects actually are.

  • “All food supplements are just really a supplements the processes of our lives are really from young to old, that is the process, live and die is always the process, thus, food supplements are only to supply the inadequacy of our nutrient’s that is needed in our body just to boost our immunity against common diseases.”��