All posts tagged: natural antioxidants

Antioxidants – nature’s protectors and fighters

Sadly we just haven’t quite found the secret to eternal youth, but antioxidants are arguably the nearest we will come in terms of finding the best anti-ageing, protect and repair elixir that nature has to offer! Antioxidants reduce the damage to our body due to oxidation. When oxygen is metabolised, it creates ‘free radicals’ that steal electrons from other molecules, causing damage. The body can cope with some free radicals and needs them to function effectively, but too many free radicals start to have a damaging effect on the body and have been linked to heart disease, liver disease and some cancers. Stress, cigarette smoking, alcohol, sunlight, pollution and several other factors can also accelerate oxidation – more reason to stay calm and give up the booze and the cigarettes! This is why smokers and those who drink a lot have more skin and tissue damage and are more prone to some diseases than non-smokers/non-drinkers. However, oxidation is a fact of life – but its damaging effects can be reduced by antioxidants, which are found …

Inspirational Woman: Jacinta Tynan

It’s Mothers’ Day this weekend in many parts of the world (not in UK, so don’t worry, yours was in March!), which means it’s a time when we celebrate mothers everywhere and find ourselves thinking about the meaning of motherhood and how we’re doing at it! Motherhood is joyful, yet also hard work; it’s filled with triumphs, but also with massive fails; and really all we have to go on is what we learnt from our own mothers, what we learn from our friends and families and our own instincts (aka “winging it”) and what we learn along the way. We sometimes give ourselves a high five, and we sometimes feel like we’re letting the side down massively. Yes, motherhood is often an internal battle with our own maternal confidence! If you’ve ever wondered about your ability to be a mother, or, if you are already a mother, how you are doing, then you’ll definitely identify wtih Jacinta Tynan‘s new book, Mother Zen. Part memoir, part commentary and part manifesto on the ideas and philosophies …

Inspirational woman: Sarah Wilson

The lovely Sarah Wilson is one of Australia’s best-known media commentators in the health, health living and beauty fields; as well as being a journalist, author and magazine editor. In her twenties, Sarah was a restaurant reviewer and editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. She was also the host of the hugely successful first series of MasterChef Australia and face of Lifestyle You. Following her diagnosis with autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s, Sarah began to look at different ways to manage her illness. These ways included following a toxin free, sugar free diet as well as reviewing her attitude to health and exercise. Sarah’s books, IQuitSugar and I Quit Sugar For Life have been a huge success and spawned a successful business,  including a series of cookbooks, which she manages with her Sarah Wilson blog and media work, while cycling and hiking in her spare time. You have a pretty crazy schedule with IQuitSugar.com and your media work; how do you keep up your energy levels, especially when you’re travelling? Meditating once or twice a day and doing exercise every morning, even …

Versatile Vanilla – yet another Mexican miracle plant!

The Totonac people, who inhabit the East Coast of Mexico in the present-day state of Veracruz, were the first to actually cultivate vanilla. According to Totonac mythology, this beautiful native Mexican tropical orchid was born when Princess Xanat, forbidden by her father from marrying a mortal, fled to the forest with her lover. The lovers were captured and beheaded and where their blood touched the ground, the vine of the tropical orchid grew. In the 15th century named the fruit tlilxochitl, or “black flower”, after the matured fruit that shrivels and turns black shortly after it’s picked. Vanilla got its modern name from Spanish explorers who arrived at the Gulf Coast of Mexico in the early 16th century. They called it vainilla, or “little pod” and until the mid-19th century, when French entrepreneurs shipped it to the islands of Réunion and Mauritius in hopes of producing vanilla, Mexico was the chief producer of vanilla. Now Vanilla is cultivated in most tropical corners of the world. Versatile Vanilla It has the most enticing, beautiful, intoxicating aroma. …

Love tomatoes: nature’s anti-ageing weapons

Tomatoes are grown and eaten throughout the world and are believed to be great for the heart . They contain carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. In some studies lycopene, especially in cooked tomatoes, has been linked to the prevention of prostate cancer and may help with decreased risk of breast cancer, head and neck cancers. Lycopene has also been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays and so for this reason the tomato is a great weapon against ageing. But also don’t forget to use sun protection (for UVA and UVB) and anti-ageing oils for your lips. As well as eating tomatoes for their benefits, if you’ve got some that are a bit squishy and not at their best for salads or cooking, then whizz them up in the blender with some lemon juice, a pinch of salt, pepper and a sprig of parsley for a lovely refreshing juice. Alternatively, twice a week at bedtime, cut a tomato in half and rub it over your face …