Topic 6 Other helpful substances

  • To prevent oxidation (caused by infection, exercise, smoking, air pollution) our body has a great ally, the antioxidants. Some vitamins and minerals have a strong antioxidant role, such as vitamin C, E, and Zinc.
  • Two main non-vitamin and non-mineral substances are the phenolic compound s and the carotenoids
  • Phenolic compounds can be found in red wine, apples, onions, wine grapes, spices, berries, tea, cocoa and many other food items
  • Carotenoids can be found in carrots, bell peppers, beets, broccoli, mangoes, oranges, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkin, apricots