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. Some of us may eat in right amounts while others may tend to over indulge. We all know that moderation is the key for a healthy lifestyle, however, choosing what to eat is also just as important. We should eat the right amount and type of food to function properly and have the capacity to fend of diseases. A good example of food 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. The best option is fresh food that contains the antioxidants.
- Antioxidants have anti-inflammatory effects, which can prevent heart diseases. Drink coffee or tea, these drinks contain polyphenol antioxidants which prevent oxidation of fat (a process can promote inflammation).
- Antioxidants boosts the immune system. Antioxidants include vitamins such as A, C and E, polyphenols and minerals like selenium which boost our immune system to fend off diseases. The antioxidants quench and neutralize the free radicals and keep our immune system in check.
- The vitamins of antioxidants have anti aging effects. These help delay a person’s aging process and even slow down or reverse memory loss.
SOURCES OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Plant foods are rich sources of antioxidants: fruits and vegetables, as well as other foods including nuts, whole grains and some meats, poultry and fish.
- Tomatoes contains lycopene. The antioxidant becomes more effective in cooked tomatoes.
- Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, black berries, raspberries, goji berries contains a tremendous amount of antioxidants called anthocyanins.
- Cherries contain high two anti-inflammatory phytochemicals called anthocyanin and quercitin.
- Peaches and Plums contain the antioxidant lutein and phytochemical antioxidants which keep our heart, skin and eyes healthy.
- Kale is one of the most antioxidant rich foods. Eating one cup of this vegetable provides more than your daily recommended dose of Vitamin A and C.
- Bell Peppers contain more Vitamin C than an orange.
- Cantaloupe/Melon contains beta-carotene, Vitamin C and zeaxanthin.
- Corn and Spinach contains zeacanthin and lutein that help protect the eyes.
Antioxidants are also found on the ingredients you put into your food such as 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.