If you’ve read about the reasons why you should eat more fruits and vegetables, you’ve likely stumbled across a common thread: antioxidants. Fruits and veggies tend to be high in these substances which protect cells from free radicals.
Free radicals are pesky atoms or molecules that can have negative reactions to cells. This is because they have unpaired electrons, and they can end up stealing electrons from other places – like your cells. This process is called “oxidation” and can lead to cell damage or “oxidative stress”. In short – it damages your cells which can lead to many different health complications like heart disease and cancer development.
If you’re wondering where you can find these powerful antioxidants, try roaming down the berry’s aisle! Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries: pretty much any berry packs a punch when it comes to antioxidants. You can check out an awesome berry smoothie in our free Fran’s Kitchen Nutrition Recipe eBook!
The antioxidants in your smoothie protect your cells from this kind of oxidative damage. That’s how they defend you from illness.
Some of these antioxidants are vitamins like C and E, while others are flavonoids (you’ll find these in garlic), tannins, phenols, and lignans.
Where to Find Them
With the great defense of antioxidants against potential diseases, it’s important to add them to your diet. Yep, this is why people tell you to eat more fruits and veggies, but they can also be found in seeds, nuts, whole grains, and even coffee! Here’s a short list of foods containing antioxidants
– Berries: See? Told you that smoothie was a good idea. Pretty much anything ending in -berry (or cherry) will have these benefits. Try adding these to your breakfast bowl of oatmeal, cereal, or in another smoothie!
– Colorful Produce: Specifically, you’ll want to focus on the first few colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, and dark green (leafy greens). Try beets, sweet potatoes, squash, and spinach to start.
– Nuts and seeds: Some high antioxidant options are pecans, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of places where you can find antioxidants. That’s why the old advice of “eat more fruits and veggies” is generally great advice! Not only do they have antioxidant properties, but you’ll also reap the benefits of other nutrients and higher fiber intake.
You’ll find even more healthy, antioxidant packed recipes in our FK Nutrition Recipe eBook!
Antioxidants are a powerful way to help defend your body from cell damage that can lead to cancer. It’s an important part of nutrition that can help to transform your life. As someone who has personally struggled with cancer, I’ve learned to value the impact diet can have on overall health. That’s why I’ve devoted my work to helping others change their nutrition. It is my hope to help you on your own healthy journey, whatever that may look like.
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