In the present age, antioxidants have received a lot of attention from the media. The supplements of antioxidants provide us with large sources of antioxidants which in the long run decrease the risk of developing certain types of cancer or infections. All of us are aware that the anti-oxidants are extremely beneficial for the body and help the body to fight-off free radicals that can cause the growth and development of cancer cells as well as harm the healthy cells of the body. However, not many of us are aware of the harmful effects of antioxidants.
The supplements of vitamin E and C can counteract the benefits of exercises and also increase the sensitivity to insulin. With the insulin sensitivity, there are high chances of heart diseases as well as metabolic syndrome. Again, as per a recent study, it was found that the individuals consuming the supplements of vitamin A and E have a high chance of dying young than the ones who did not take the supplements.
A large number of clinical trials have also proven that the antioxidants present in these vitamins could create a large number of health problems if consumed in large doses.
Vitamin C, for example, if consumed in large doses can harm the DNA as well as increase the vulnerability to cancer. Another report suggested that large intake of antioxidants supplements can cause side effects like asthenia, amnesia, fatigue, electrolyte imbalance, headache, tremor, etc.
Hence more and more people all over the world are switching over to natural alternatives to avoid the antioxidants’ side effects. Some natural alternatives to antioxidants include:
Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice is extremely useful for treating bladder infection and does not allow the bacteria to cling to the cells that line the urinary tract. If it is not possible for one to intake cranberry juice directly, it has to be mixed with apple juice so as to give it some taste.
Garlic: Garlic is extremely useful for curing any type of infection. It is extremely helpful in curing ear infection. Consumption of a clove of raw garlic each day by crushing or slicing it helps to treat all types of infection. Crushed garlic can also be consumed in hot tea.