Antioxidants are enzymes, vitamins, nutrients and phytochemicals that neutralize destructive oxygen-derived free radicals formed by natural aging process and environmental pollutants. Free radicals are atoms that contain one un-paired electron that can pair up freely with other atoms causing damaging chemical chain reactions. While needed for many metablic processes, over time the body can produce more free radicals than scavengers, leading to an unhealthy imbalance. Found naturally in the darker fruits (especially blueberries) and vegetables and sprouted grains, anti-oxidant supplements are also recommended to boost the immune system and prevent degenerative disease: Coenzyme Q10, garlic, green tea, grape seed extract, minerals selenium and zinc, resveratrol, vitamins A, C, E and the beta-carotenoids are amongst the more well known.
Question: How can I know if I am making progress?Sri Chinmoy: When I eat something, do I not feel at that time strength or joy? If I eat the right thing, then immediately I get joy and energy. Again, if I eat something not good for my health, then immediately I know. So if I pray and meditate sincerely early in the morning, then I will feel some energy, some strength, some joy. If I can feel these qualities during my prayer and meditation, it is definitely progress.
Excerpt from Sri Chinmoy Answers, Part 16 by Sri Chinmoy