Antioxidant foods are said to act on free radicals that cause damage to the cells. Here are the top 12 foods to add to your diet.
The human body is not able to produce its own concentration of antioxidants. This is why we depend on our diet and foods in order to get the antioxidants we need to fight diseases. Antioxidants protect the body from harmful, excess free radicals, sweeping them up before they can cause damage.
The job of antioxidants is to neutralize free radicals and keep them from causing destruction to the cells. Free radicals are a direct result of the process of oxidation. You can't stop oxidation, otherwise, you would have to stop breathing.
These three fruits were said to contain the highest concentration of antioxidants out of all fruits tested. Summer is the best time to just load up on these fruits!
Pecans especially were said to contain the most number of antioxidant compounds. Antioxidants have been linked to treatment or prevention of cancer and heart disease. They are also said to reverse memory loss. Add these 12 antioxidants to your diet!
Are you currently eating any of these?
Also, note...everything in MODERATION! A cup of hazelnuts is not a good idea no matter how much you like them!
Antioxidant Foods - Fruits & Veggies
- prunes or dried plums
- red cabbage
- russet potatoes
- brussels sprouts
Antioxidant Foods - Nuts & Spices
Some ways you can add these foods to your diet include making smoothies! Throw in some blueberries and red cabbage and boom! Instant antioxidant snack. Just kidding. I just wanted to see if you are still reading. If you are, I'll stop messing around.
You don't have to only eat these foods every single day. Instead, find your favorites from this list and add them in one way or another. For example, if you eat oatmeal for most breakfasts, add some cinnamon or some blueberries.
When you make dinner, make a mixed vegetable side dish that includes 2 or 3 of the vegetables on this antioxidant food list.
If you are not allergic to nuts go to the store and buy your favorite nuts to create your own trail mix. These aren't just antioxidant foods but also great with healthy fats and can make a filling snack.
Either way, you can change your diet a little a time, there is no need to shock your mind and body with a completely different diet.
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