antioxidants

I have been very lucky this winter.

There has been no sickness – no cold, no flu, nothing.

I would like to think this is because I have kept my immune system strong with:  plenty of exercise -239 miles since November;  a regular and uninterrupted 8 hour sleep pattern, (which only retirement can provide); and antioxidant rich smoothies, which promote nutrition and health at the cellular level. Let’s face it, me and my cells aren’t getting any younger, so anything that can boost their strength and youthfulness is really what I’m looking for.

Since September, my partner and I have been having a nightly smoothie after dinner. (That’s about 6 months of daily antioxidant intake.) My partner took a nutrition class last year and learned some new information about aging, inflammation, and cells. I always knew nutrition was important for overall health, but I never thought about how particular nutrients positively influence our health at the cellular level. As we age, cells become weak and infirm, just like us. But the good news is, like all of aging, we do have a smidge of influence on our cell health.

While learning about the negative consequences of cell damage, partner became interested in the positive research on the  anti-aging effects of berries on cells. There is some evidence that different types of berries and omega -3 fatty acids can boost the health of killer T-cells (the really important bad-a** cells in our immune systems) and telomeres (cells on the end of our DNA).

Trying to slow down the process of aging is never a bad thing. Here is a look at the functions of these important types of cells.

This is what it looks like when cancer gets smacked down by a T-cell. Press picture to play video.

This incredible video captures a showdown between cancer cells and the T cells that act as the shock troops for your immune system. That's right - you're actually watching a T cell defeat cancer.

Whoa! Talk about dramatic, scientific music!

Alright, how about one more video? (Don’t ya just love this stuff!!)

This video explains telomeres.

After hearing about all of the interesting anti-aging information my partner was learning, I decided it was time to take this antioxidant info more seriously. When I think about it – seeds, berries, fish – this seems to be what humans originally ate on the planet before processed food became the main stay of modern diets. How could it hurt? My weekly shopping list began to include more Omega 3 fatty acids, berries, seeds, nuts, grapes, kale, spinach, fish etc.

To be honest, the easiest way for me to consume all of this – everyday, was to dump it all in a blender. Using a vita-mix blender, the seeds, berries, and greenery get so pulverized you think its just a creamy, purple sweet drink. I am now hopelessly addicted.

In my next post, I will share our antioxidant smoothie recipe. Stay tuned – the best is yet to come!

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