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Antioxidant Depletion

With the increasing levels of potential exposure to harmful pollutants and contaminants, the role of antioxidants to help neutralize these damaging free radicals is increasingly important.

Antioxidant depletion, Designs for Health

Antioxidants are often the plant nutrients that distinguish “superfoods” from their not-so-super counterparts. Antioxidants are known to be the colourful agents found in richly coloured foods, thereby indicating that the bright orange flesh of the sweet potato just may possess more health-promoting antioxidants compared to the rather colourless flesh of the white potato. As assumed, sweet potatoes are renowned for their rich content of antioxidants that are able to neutralise the damaging free radicals that threaten our health. Water and air contaminants, food chemicals, cleaning products, and electromagnetic pollution continue to endanger our health by increasing free radicals in the body. Therefore, antioxidants are more important today than at any other time in history.

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