Antioxidants are commonly found in the form of vitamins, minerals or phytochemicals. They have the ability to repair cell damage caused by free radicals, which can mess our immune system.
We eat daily, and we have our own favorite foods some may eat in right amounts and some may tend to over indulge. We all know that moderation is the key for a healthy lifestyle but choosing what to eat is also just as important. The reason behind this is for the sake of our bodies. To properly care for our body, we should give it the right amount and type of foods for it to be healthy, function properly and have the capacity to fend of diseases. A good example of foods we should eat are those which contains antioxidants.
Antioxidants are commonly found in the form of vitamins, minerals or phytochemicals. They have the ability to repair cell damage caused by free radicals, which can mess our immune system. But be cautious with supplements proclaiming that they have all the antioxidants you need; it is still the best option if you eat the fresh foods that actually contains the antioxidants.
Amongst the many benefits of antioxidants to one’s health, here are some examples.
- Antioxidants have anti-inflammatory effects, which can prevent heart diseases. Drink coffee or tea, these drinks contain polyphenol antioxidants that prevents oxidation of fat, this process can promote inflammation.
- Antioxidants boosts the immune system. Antioxidants include vitamins such as A, C and E, polyphenols and minerals like selenium that can make our immune system stronger in fending off diseases. The antioxidants quench and neutralize the free radicals that can make the body capable in fighting against some form of cancer and also to keep the immune system in check.
- The vitamins of antioxidants has anti aging effects. It can delay a persons aging process and even slow down or reverse memory loss.
Food examples with antioxidants are as follows:
- Tomatoes– it contains lycopene. The antioxidant becomes more effective in cooked tomatoes.
- Berries– all types of berries (strawberries, blueberries, black berries, raspberries, goji berries) contains a tremendous amount of antioxidants called anthocyanins.
- Cherries– has high two anti-inflammatory phytochemicals called anthocyanin and quercitin
- Peaches and Plums– these stone fruits contains the antioxidant lutein and phytochemical antioxidants which keeps our heart, skin and eyes healthy.
- Kale– One of the most antioxidant rich foods eating once cup of this vegetable has more than your daily recommended dose of Vitamin A and C.
- Bell Peppers– this vegetable has more Vitamin C than an orange although the red ones have even more
- Cantaloupe/Melon– Contains beta-carotene, Vitamin C and zeaxanthin
- Corn and Spinach- contains zeacanthin and lutein that helps protect the eyes.
Antioxidants are also found on the ingredients you put into your food specifically the herbs. Some of which are clove, cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, cocoa, cumin, parsley, basil, ginger and thyme.
The above examples are just some of the foods you can eat to get your daily dose of antioxidants. But remember, eat and enjoy in moderation. Too much of one thing is never a good thing.