Best antioxidants foods – Part 1

Antioxidants are compounds in food that help protect the cells in the body from diseases such as cancer. Whole foods like fruits and vegetables contain the most antioxidants. It is important to eat a diet rich in these foods.

Broccoli

This vegetable contains high levels of vitamin C. The level is so high it surpasses an orange. The calcium in this food is also extremely high, with more then a glass of milk. The antioxidants in this green vegetable have been shown to help prevent many types of cancers.

Garlic

This pungent bulb has very powerful anti oxidant properties. Its excels at helping to prevent infections. It has been used as an antibiotic against some strains of bacteria. It can help decrease cholesterol and blood pressure. Each clove is also packed with nutrients.

Berries

These small fruit have great antioxidant properties. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries all have strong antioxidant properties. The raspberry has more antioxidants then the strawberry. The blueberry tops them all with the greatest protection. These fruit can be enjoyed in many recipes or as great snacks.

Teas

Tea is also a great antioxidant fighter. Green tea is especially strong. All teas have these antioxidant properties. Ice tea found in packages in stores doesn’t offer any protect and is basically flavored sugar.

Tomatoes

The antioxidant lycopene is found in tomatoes. This compound is a very good cancer fighter. Lycopene works well with fat, so a little fat is recommended with tomato sauces to increase the effectiveness of this compound. Tomatoes can add flavor and variety to many dishes. You will receive the best antioxidant protection form tomatoes when they are cooked.

Citrus Fruits

These fruits contain high levels of vitamin C which is an immune booster and cancer fighting vitamin. Foods high in vitamin C help prevent many diseases. Cholesterol can be lowered with this vitamin as well as well as the frequency of infections.

Grapes

This small fruit also has powerful antioxidant properties. Red wine made from grapes also has antioxidant properties. It is recommended that you consume whole grapes more often then wine for the antioxidant benefits.

Acai Berry

This lesser known berry may be the top antioxidant fighter of all time. Unfortunately it is hard to find in North America in its natural form. You can find capsules and drink mixes that contain Acai. This berry may have twice the antioxidant properties of the blueberry. It contains the most nutrition of any fruit on the planet. The berry has a shape similar to that of a grape. It grows in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

Some foods are higher in antioxidants then others. It is important to consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables for overall good heath. The benefits of antioxidants will follow if your diet is more plant based.