Antioxidant rich foods can help you stave off free radical damage.
How you benefit from eating antioxidant rich food:
- Protects and helps prevent heart disease – There’s no doubt that your diet must include frequent doses of antioxidants to keep LDL cholesterol, the “bad” stuff, from turning even worse.
- Protects your DNA – Free radicals can damage your DNA in healthy cells, which may alter their operating instructions and cause them to reproduce uncontrollably and form cancerous tumors. When you eat lots of fruits and vegetables have a low risk for some types of cancer.
- Assists in the management of diabetes – High blood sugar speeds up production of some unusually nasty free radicals. These destructive molecules probably cause many of the complications that make this condition so frightening, such as blindness, nerve damage, and kidney failure.
- Helps you in the defense of dementia – Brain cells of people diagnosed with devastating cognitive conditions show evidence of damage by free radicals. Free radicals seem to be one cause of the clumps of proteins in the brain, called amyloids, that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Saves your sight – Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, an essential nutrient for healthy eyes. Lutein, another carotenoid like beta-carotene is found in hefty amounts in kale, spinach and collard greens. Retina cells at the back of the eyeball soak up lutein, to ward off free radicals. Eating plenty of foods rich in lutein research shows you can halve your risk of macular degeneration.
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Antioxidants are most abundant in fruits and vegetables, as well as other foods including nuts, whole grains and some meats, poultry and fish.
Good sources of specific antioxidants include:
- allium sulphur compounds – leeks, onions and garlic.
- anthocyanins – eggplant, grapes and berries
Top 20 antioxidant foods include:
- red, ripe tomatoes
- basil and parsley
- green tea
- kiwi fruit
- ginger(raw wherever possible)
- garlic (raw wherever possible)
- blueberries and blackberries
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