What Are the Benefits of Antioxidants?


Antioxidants are compounds such as Vitamin A, C, D, E and lycopene that are found in supplements, fruits, veggies and beverages. Eating antioxidant rich foods can be extremely beneficial to your health because they neutralize potentially harmful oxidants found in the environment and in your body. Antioxidants stop cell damage, protecting you from serious diseases.

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If oxidants are left without hindrance, they can build up in your body and cause chronic health conditions such as heart, memory, eye and immune system problems. Oxidants are also linked to mood disorders.

The human body needs a healthy balance of oxidants and antioxidants because too much of either can also be damaging. The body is not capable of producing enough antioxidants to keep up with the amount of oxidants we are exposed to in the environment and our body. That is why it is important to consume antioxidant foods.

Top 10 Antioxidant Rich Foods


1) Apples – red delicious apples, granny smith apples and gala apples

  • Do not peel skin – That is where the phytochemical properties are found

2) Beans/Peas – green soy beans, red kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, black beans and black-eyed peas

3) Berries – blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and cranberries

4) Fish – salmon, wild rainbow trout, sardines, tuna steak and oysters

5) Fruit – apricots, bell peppers, kiwi, oranges, mangoes, plums (all skin colors), prunes, purple/red/blue grapes, tomatoes and eggplants

  • Do not peel skin on plums or grapes – That is where the phytochemical properties are found

6) Grains – whole grain bread and brown or wild rice

7) Greens – broccoli, kale, collard greens and spinach

8) Nuts – cashews, pecans, macadamias and walnuts

9) Tea – oolong, black, green and white

10) Veggies – artichokes, carrots, cabbage, russet and sweet potatoes, leeks, butternut and acorn squash, onions and garlic

 

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  1. Robert

    As someone who is very careful of what I put into my mouth to eat and drink, I fully agree with this post on antioxidants. My favorite way to get the nutrients into me is to eat most of the fruits and juice the vegetables.

    Only certain fruits will I also juice, namely pineapple and cantaloupe, because it is easier to consume their skin/rind, which like many fruits contains the highest levels of phytonutrients. And in the case of cantaloupe, juicing the rind gives the juice a slightly creamy consistency to it. Very tasty!

    I am also a big tea drinker but it must be tea I brew myself, even if it is iced tea, because there are too many unhealthy sugars in the packaged and bottled/conned varieties. Plus I enjoy using organic stevia as a sweetner and try avoiding sugar because most of it is GMO nowadays. It’s a shame.

    But as for antioxidants, I am a HUGE fan of antioxidants both in their purest natural form from fruits and vegetables as well as in supplements. Thanks for this post!

    • I completely agree. I am a huge fan of juicing! It is so important to have antioxidant rich foods in our diet to neutralize free radicals we are constantly exposed to, not only in our bodies but also from the environment. I’m thrilled that you like this post. Thank you for visiting!

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