Antioxidants are substances that protect our cells from oxidative stress, which is caused by free radicals. Free radicals are like these chaotic “bad guys” that try to steal from cells and cause damage in the process. This damage leads to a whole host of diseases, as well as inflammation, premature aging, and degeneration.
The Top Antioxidant Foods
Rose hip is rich in antioxidants, including polyphenols, carotenoids, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.
Research shows they prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure. They’re also believed to delay age-related brain decline, although this is based on animal and test-tube studies. Still, blueberries are available almost year-round, and aren’t too expensive (frozen being the cheapest).
Both the juice and the seeds of the pomegranate fruit are shown to be incredibly high in antioxidants.
It’s one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories out there, with some research suggesting it may improve IBD (inflammatory bowel disease).
Chocolate, or raw cacao, is crammed with antioxidants. These include polyphenols and flavanols, which studies show protect our nerves, heart, brain, skin, and cells from disease. But remember, these benefits mean nothing if you’re going for processed, junk-food sources. Look to buy pure, 100% raw cacao powder!
Green tea, or, Matcha
Green tea (or matcha) is still a force to be reckoned with, as it contains a powerful antioxidant known as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). EGCG is a type of catechin studied for its potential disease prevention properties.
Just a friendly reminder, none of these are meant to treat or cure disease.
Also, don’t limit your diet to just these foods.
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