Oxidative stress is a condition in which free radicals damage body tissues. Oxidative Stress is thought to be a causative factor in many diseases including mood disorders, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Diet can be used to manipulate the amount of oxidative stress and this prevent disease. This can be done in two basic ways. Firstly, the antioxidant defences of the body can be increased by eating foods high in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables, or through taking supplements such as vitamin C. Antioxidants limit oxidative stress by chemically reacting with the free radicals that generate the oxidation, thereby protecting tissues. Secondly, foods that generate free radicals such as refined fats, toxins, certain food additives and burnt food should be avoided. This ensures that the antioxidant defences of the body do not become depleted by limiting free radical generation. Therefore by limiting free radical generation and increasing antioxidant defences, oxidative stress can be reduced and disease prevented.
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