Free Radicals, Have You Met Antioxidants?

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Antioxidants, say hello to Free Radicals. Free Radicals, say goodbye, you’re leaving this party!

Adios. Ciao. Sayonara. Auf wiedersehen. Say it in any language you like, when antioxidants arrive at the party free radicals start looking for the door. But what is an antioxidant and why is it good for me, I hear you say? Molassity’s Pomegranate molasses is crammed full of antioxidants called polyphenols (Polly-Feh-Nolls), a kind of antidote to the accumulation of free radicals. Free radicals are atoms with unpaired electrons, trying desperately to bind to any other atom in your body–talk about needy! Over time, free radicals can accumulate and even start to damage your cells and, even worse, your very DNA. The good news is that antioxidants in your diet assist the body in dealing with free radicals and making sure the body does not experience oxidative stress from free radical action.

Pomegranates and antioxidants

Pomegranates are loaded with micro nutrients called polyphenols. So is their juice and, of course, the concentrated pomegranate molasses we make from their juice. Polyphenols are so good for your diet and general health that they have been linked to lowering blood pressure and improving circulation; lowering your diabetes risk and helping to maintain good blood sugar levels; having anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer) properties, and they can even help to activate your immune system to help you fight off illness and diseases. They are busy little guys by any account.

Antioxidant benefits

One of the obvious benefits of polyphenols is their free radical neutralizing properties, as they circulate through the body they help to prevent or delay cell damage from free radicals. Although the body does a pretty amazing job of eliminating free radicals on its own, things like environmental pollutants, smoking, and even stress can turn your body into a free radical playground. So, when an overload of free radicals in the body cannot be gradually depleted, their build up starts to cause oxidative stress. The buildup of free radicals plays a major role in the formation of many chronic illnesses like cancer, autoimmune disorders, aging, cataracts, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular and even neurodegenerative diseases. It’s helpful to think of antioxidants as the lifeguards at the body’s swimming pool. It’s their job to throw out the naughty kids who are messing things up for everyone else and making the pool an unhealthy environment. The little scamps.

Pass the Pomegranate Playload, Let’s fight some free radicals!

Not so fast there Tex, there’s a few things you need to know before we ride out. Firstly, your free radical fighting regime should really be part of a holistic, healthy, whole food diet. There I said it, we could all take better care of ourselves. Secondly–and you might want to sit down for this part–pomegranates are only in season from October through January in the northern hemisphere. Oh yes, you read that right–you can only get the fresh, healthy goodness of pomegranates for only four months of the year.

We thought you might feel a little disappointed by this, just like we were when we first found out. That’s exactly the reason we created Molassity Pomegranate Molasses–so that you can flex your antioxidant muscle on those free radicals all year long without having to wait for pomegranate season to start. Just help yourself to a lovin’ spoonful of Molassity Pomegranate Molasses and watch those free radicals leave your body like… like something in a big hurry to ah… leave. If the best way to arm your body with antioxidants is by eating fresh pomegranates and drinking pomegranate juice, the best way to ensure you’ve got all the goodness of pomegranates right by your side all year round is to ensure you’ve got a bottle of Molassity nearby.

Be sure to check out our recipes section to see just how easy it is to include pomegranate molasses in your diet.

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