Antioxidant Rich Foods

Many experts today recommend eating a healthy diet filled with antioxidant rich foods in order to enjoy better health and longevity. Antioxidants are compounds in certain foods that help prevent damage to cells caused by oxidative stress. It is believed that a diet low in antioxidants contributes to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer or even Alzheimer's disease.

In a study, berries such as cranberries, blackberries, and blueberries where found to be the fruits with the greatest amount of antioxidants. Vegetables with the highest amount were determined to be Russet potatoes, artichokes and beans. While most people generally think of fruits and vegetables when it comes to antioxidants, spices and nuts are good sources too. Pecans, hazelnuts and walnuts have the most among nuts while, oregano, cinnamon, and cloves are top among spices.

The way you prepare antioxidant rich foods can change the antioxidant level.

For example, carrots have more antioxidants when eaten raw rather than cooked. But tomatoes on the other hand, release more antioxidants once they have been cooked.

The types of antioxidants found in foods differ, so to make sure you eat the best diet possible, you will want to eat diverse meals. It is recommended to obtain these important nutrients in a natural manner from a balanced healthy diet rather than taking supplements.
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To be sure you get plenty antioxidants in your diet, try to consume several servings of vegetables and fruits each day. Eat more salads and drink green smoothies.

Consume food like: cranberries, apples, strawberries, plums, raspberries, potatoes.

In the last few years, some have come on the scene and gained popularity as antioxidant rich, healthy foods.

These include dark chocolate, goji berries and acai. By looking at these antioxidant rich foods, it is clear to see they are from plants. It makes sense to make these foods a big part of your diet and limit the amount of processed foods you eat on a daily basis.

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Limiting processed foods will benefit your health in other ways too since they are usually loaded with too much salt, sugar and additives.


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