Our bodies, by nature, gradually break down and make us susceptible to illness. A major contributor to this breakdown is the “free radical”. Free radicals, cells missing electrons, steal electrons from our healthy cells and cause a chain reaction of ill effects on the molecular level. This leads to illness, cancer and advanced aging; however, nature provides us with a powerful combatant to the free radical: antioxidants.
We cannot avoid free radicals as they enter our bodies through metabolism and environmental pollution, but filling our diets with antioxidants prevents free radical formations and protects our cells. Eating a diet rich with antioxidants provides a variety of foods to promote optimal health and longevity. So, which foods are the best antioxidant foods?
Antioxidants Are Berry Good For You
Berries make the top of the list for rich antioxidant foods. Blueberries deservedly receive the most promotion for their antioxidant power, but a lesser-known berry, acai, is the rightful owner to this recognition. Acai packs twice the antioxidant value of blueberries, ten times the value of grapes, and it is possibly the most nutritious fruit on the planet.
Acai contains antocyanin, which fights aging and cancer. Following this scrumptious berry rank the rest: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Berries such as elderberry and black currant also offer antioxidant power while the gooseberry is least beneficial.
You can easily add berries to your daily diet with quick readiness. Toss a handful of berries onto your cereal in the morning or add them to a smoothie. The acai berry is available in health drinks and smoothies at local markets.
Pomegranates offer the richest antioxidant addition to your fruit intake and are highly nutritious. Pomegranates contain heart healthy nutrients and some suggest they offer more antioxidants than green tea. The polyphenols in pomegranates promote circulation, reduction of bad cholesterol and reduce the risks of cancer. They are costly, in comparison to other fruits, but their nutritious benefits offset the cost and are readily available in juice.
Orange colored fruits notify us of their beta-carotene content. Apricots, mangoes, pumpkin and cantaloupe are excellent sources of this nutrient. Beta-carotene reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease through its ability to erase free radicals.
Colorful fruits notify us of their antioxidant powers.