Antioxidants are highly touted these days, but it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Here are five things you should know about antioxidants:
1. Berries: They’re packed with healing antioxidants. Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of fiber. If you want to take a few miles off the odometer, grab a handful of berries!
2. Broccoli: Good for bolstering health, as well as cervical dysplasia. Your mother knew what she was talking about when she told you to eat your broccoli.
3. Garlic: It doesn’t always smell the greatest, but it packs quite a nutritional punch. Studies show that it can help support heart health by supporting cholesterol levels and blood pressure already in the normal range. It’s also good for fighting those dreaded free radicals.
4. Whole grains: Contain valuable antioxidants not found in fruits and vegetables, as well as B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fiber. Also serve to support already normal cholesterol levels.
5. Red grapes: These delicious fruits contain reservatrol, which has a host of antioxidant properties.
6. Spinach: There’s a reason why Popeye loved his spinach. Filled with lutein, spinach is good for your eyes. Lutein makes up a pigment in the macula, the oval-shaped yellow spot near the center of the retina. Some studies suggest that it may be good for your heart as well.
7. Tomatoes: Tomatoes, which are technically a fruit, not a vegetable, contain lycopene, a member of the carotenoid family. Lycopene has been shown to reduce lung, breast, and colon cancers.
8. Soy: This versatile food, commonly found in milk, vegetarian burgers, and cheese, has loads of antioxidants in the form of isoflavones, which resemble natural estrogens. Soy has been shown to support already normal cholesterol levels and bone health.
9. Tea: People have been drinking tea for hundreds of thousands of years for good reason. Tea, especially the green variety, is good for maintaining robust health.
10. Carrots: Not just good for your eyes, carrots offer a whole host of nutrients to nibble on.
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