Foods rich in antioxidants are beneficial to the body. Antioxidants can suppress DNA that controls cell activity to keep damaging free radicals and oxidative stress at bay. Antioxidants can assist the body to overcome genetic predispositions to particular diseases. Antioxidants attack the underlying problem, whereas, prescription meds treat symptoms.
- Benefits of antioxidants in the diet include:
- Improved Immune System – Less sick days due to colds, viruses and flu.
- Relieves Cramping – Ladies often experience an improvement in menstrual symptoms after consuming adequate amounts of antioxidants.
- Senior Diseases – Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, glaucoma and other diseases often seen during the senior years can benefit from antioxidants.
- Weight Loss – Antioxidants are found in spices and certain vegetables that assist the body to operate efficiently and burn more calories.
- Skin Improvement – Antioxidants result in softer, clearer skin.
- Pep- up the Energy and Sleep Better – People with uninterrupted sleep awake feeling refreshed and energized the next morning.
- Control High Blood Pressure – Antioxidants are beneficial for people with high blood pressure tendencies.
- Improved Health – Antioxidants are known to relieve arthritis, balance blood sugar levels, assists asthma sufferers, improves circulation and assist with digestion problems.
- Concentration – Antioxidants improve concentration and increase memory ability.
Foods rich in vitamin A, beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamin E, and others are high in antioxidants and include:
- Artichoke Hearts – Add artichoke hearts to casseroles, salads or place on a grill.
- Berries – Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries are all high in antioxidants. Consider adding some berries to a salad, smoothie or muffin.
- Carrots and Cantelope – Carrots and cantaloupe contain high amounts of vitamin A and beta-carotene. Peel and scoop the seeds out of cantaloupe, then cut into bite size pieces and store in a refrigerator for a quick snack any day. Carrots are perfect in salads, bran muffins or steamed.
- Dark Chocolate – Yes ladies, that chocolate you are craving can be beneficial. The key is to select dark chocolate and consume dark chocolate in moderation, such as bite size.
- Dried Prunes and Black Plums – Dried prunes assist with digestion as well as being packed with antioxidants. When fresh plums are in season, choose the black plums for the most antioxidant impact.
- Grapes – Grapes are high in flavonoids and polyphenols. Red grapes are the best; however, wine should be consumed in moderation.
- Hazelnuts, Pecans and Walnuts – Nuts are high in protein and rich in antioxidants. A serving size is considered to be one ounce.
- Red Beans – Beans are packed full of fiber and antioxidant benefits. The highest antioxidant benefits come from red beans.
- Red Delicious Apples – Red delicious apples have the highest concentrations of antioxidants as well as other vitamins. Apples are also the perfect snack anytime.
- Spices – Cinnamon, ground cloves and oregano are also rich in antioxidants. Cinnamon and ground cloves compliment sweet potatoes and apples. Oregano can be used with many vegetables and sauces.
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