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Benefits of Antioxidants in Food

July 21st, 2009

antioxidant-foods.jpgThe aging process wages war against us every day. The best weapons against this exasperating foe are powerful antioxidants found in many natural foods. A healthy diet packed with natural antioxidants will definitely slow the aging process and its devastating effects. Here is a list of some natural foods that are rich in antioxidants to create a healthy, strong body.

Dark leafy greens

Dark, leafy green vegetables are high in calcium and folate. Folate is a B vitamin which helps prevent anemia and some forms of cancer. Dark, leafy greens are also high in magnesium. Magnesium helps build and strengthen bones and also maintains good blood circulation. Cabbage, Romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, and broccoli are also powerful sources of antioxidants. Eat these leafy green vegetables raw for the greatest benefits. Mix several kinds of lettuce together for a healthy and delicious salad.

Whole grains

Brown rice, oats, bulgur, wheat germ, and millet are all rich in antioxidants. Whole grains are full of B vitamins that help reduce the risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Eating whole grains can also help maintain better weight and a healthy digestive system. Switch from processed white rice to brown rice, choose whole grain breads instead of white breads and eat oatmeal for breakfast instead of sweet sugary cereal. These simple diet changes can help promote an overall healthy lifestyle and a strong body.

Berries

Cranberries, blackberries, blueberries, and of course the infamous acai berries are a super source of antioxidants. Medical studies continue to prove the wonderful benefits of eating these healthy berries. Rich in phytonutrients, berries fight the free radical damage to healthy cells and tissues. The red-pigmented berries help maintain the body’s vascular system and can prevent certain kinds of cancer. Three or more servings of these fruits per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration. Serve fresh berries in plain yogurt or drink berry juice to receive the most antioxidants.

Olive oil

Olive oil is packed with antioxidants. This monounsaturated fat is used in a Mediterranean diet. Studies have shown that eating a diet rich in olive oil will help lower the rate of cardiovascular disease and certain age-related brain illnesses. Drizzle olive oil onto a fresh green salad at lunch time or splash a tablespoon of olive oil onto your fresh popped popcorn instead of butter at snack time. Olive oil has a distinct flavor. It is recommended to use extra virgin olive oil for salads, marinades, and bread, while you can use plain olive oil for cooking over medium heat and light olive oil for high temperature cooking. Incorporate antioxidant rich olive oil into your daily diet for some huge antioxidant benefits.

Eating a diet rich in antioxidants has been proven to help slow down the aging process and promote overall good health. Natural foods provide a wonderful source of antioxidants. Simple, everyday changes in our eating can provide the greatest rewards. Antioxidant rich fresh berries, dark leafy greens, whole grain foods, and olive oil are some of the best weapons in your battle against aging.


Jennifer Mae enjoys reading and writing. She had the opportunity to submit several chapters to a non-fiction book that was published in 2006. In 2008, Jennifer won an honorable mention in the Writers Digest 76th Writing Competition. She currently writes on a popular blog and publishes articles for various websites.


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