Free Radicals and Obesity

Behind the Science of Free Radicals and Obesity
Numerous studies demonstrate that free radicals lead to unwanted weight gain. For instance, researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found  a direct correlation between oxidative stress (free radical damage) and increased obesity. The study stated:

“Obesity, as measured by body mass index (BMI), is independently associated with oxidative stress and confirms recent data” (Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis,and Vascular Biology. 3002;23;365).

Another study from the University of Florida found that eating plants high in phytochemicals (and antioxidants) is effective in reducing the amount of oxidative stress in the body, and therefore, able to lower the risk of gaining unwanted fat (Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics; Oct 2009).

“Unlike many other nutrients, you can’t store antioxidants, so you have to keep replenishing the supply. The important thing is getting antioxidants throughput the day and keeping the levels high because they go down very quickly. Even small amounts can provide significant benefits” (CNN, 2008)

Cold pressed dark chocolate has lots of antioxidants that can fight free radicals.

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