9 Antioxidant-Rich Foods


9 Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Feb 24, 2015 //

The world is swimming in free radicals and toxins, and
antioxidants offer defense against them. Research shows that eating foods
rich in antioxidants
shields cells against heart disease, reduces
inflammation, controls the complications of diabetes, protects your DNA, guards
against dementia, enhances your vision, and so much more. You may have disliked
broccoli, carrots, and spinach as a kid, but now is the time to acquire a taste
for food that will keep you healthy and enhance your life.

These foods pack powerful antioxidants and blast free
radicals. Include these foods as often as you can in your daily diet to reap
the benefits
of a healthy body.

1. Blueberries

Blueberries guard your cells against damage, lower
inflammation and protect your immune system. They’re a superfood that contains
phytochemicals that fight against disease. Blueberries
are delicious frozen and eaten as a cold treat, or blended into your favorite

2. Sweet Potatoes

A single sweet potato packs a load of important nutrients,
including vitamins A, C and B6. Sweet potatoes are quickly becoming a
restaurant and home kitchen favorite.

3. Nuts

Nuts contain omega-3s, phytochemicals, essential fats and
important minerals. Whether you eat them as a daily snack or on top of your
favorite entrée or salad, nuts
enrich your die
t and shield against free radicals.

4. Raspberries

Raspberries contain an essential phytochemical called
ellagic acid, which may fight against cancer. Don’t have a raspberry bush in
their backyard? Raspberries are readily available all year in most

5. Tea

An ancient remedy for so many ills, tea
is a hero
when it comes to fighting inflammation and warding off free
radicals. Tea contains two phytochemicals (anthocyanin and pro anthocyanin) and
catechins (antioxidants that guard against cell damage)
. There are many
varieties and flavors of tea available. Green tea packs the most punch. 

6. Spinach

Dark green leafy vegetables are a nutritional staple. Adding
to any meal provides essential nutrients that tackle free radicals.
Full of magnesium, potassium, calcium and vitamins C, E, and A, spinach can be
eaten raw, steamed, or added to your favorite entrée.

7. Legumes

Rich in folate, zinc, selenium, and more, legumes are another
antioxidant-rich go-to food! Kidney beans, pinto beans, soybeans, and the others
provide quality
your body needs to maintain overall health. Studies show that eating
a diet rich in fiber stops free radicals in their tracks.

8. Grapes

Available in a variety of colors and textures, grapes are loaded
with antioxidants and phytochemicals. The darker the color, the better. Grape
seed, grape seed oil, and dried grapes can be found in therapeutic homeopathic
medicines too.

9. Carrots

Carrots are packable, kid friendly and multi-talented in the
kitchen. Yes, carrots are good for your eyes, and the beta-carotene and
antioxidants in carrots will help to guard against vision problems as you age.

When choosing antioxidant-rich foods, look for foods that
are colorful – such as red, yellow, and green peppers, broccoli, carrots,
spinach, and sweet potatoes. Find a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in your
local farmer’s market.
can be fun!




Gina McKnight

Gina is an author, freelance writer, and equestrian from Ohio USA. Living with her family near Wayne National Forest, she is a fitness enthusiast with a passion for a healthy, organic lifestyle! She is a graduate of Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio; summa cum laude. Gina encourages her readers to eat healthy and to find a sport or hobby that keeps them moving!

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