Top 5 foods rich in antioxidants

Top 5 foods rich in antioxidants

by Sally Walters


 

Over the last few years, people have become increasingly interested in nutrition and what they can do for a healthier lifestyle.

If you look for information on this topic, you’ll find many articles that talk about antioxidants. In fact, you’ll hear about them so often that you’ll begin to associate them with well-being. And that’s a good thing because antioxidants really do take care of your health.

What these molecules do is similar to what Wonder Woman, or Captain America do in movies - they fight against antiheroes, or otherwise known as free radicals.

Antioxidants are essential for your body if you want to live a long and healthy life. But what exactly are they?

Antioxidants are a complex of nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and enzymes – which lower the toxic effects of free radicals. The main antioxidants are: vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, zinc, coenzyme Q10, beta carotene, flavonoids, lycopene, Omega-3, and Omega-6. Antioxidants prevent cell oxidation, which happens as a result of aging and which also occurs through the influence of external factors. In addition, they strengthen the immune system, reduce the risk of cancer and prevent infections.

Free radicals are compounds that, in high levels, can cause harm to your body. Side effects of free radicals include: premature aging, cell degradation, and the appearance of certain diseases.

Now that we’ve talked about the extraordinary role antioxidants play in the body, let’s see which foods are richest in these essential nutrients.

  
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1. Black Elderberry

Once called by Hippocrates the “medicine chest”, the elder shrub has long been a source of food and nutrition. Its fruits, tiny black elderberries, are packed with flavonoids and abundant in vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, dietary fiber, iron, folate, and organic acids.

Black elderberry is low in calories and rich in antioxidants - 100 g of fresh, black elderberries contains 73 calories, 18.4 grams of carbohydrates, and less than 1 gram of fatty acids and proteins.

With all these nutrients, it’s no wonder why black elderberries are the food with the highest antioxidant power in the world.

Each bottle of Elderberry Hill Organics Syrup is made from organic black elderberries, naturally harvested in the wild. Taken daily, it boosts and strengthens your immune system, protects your body against free radicals, supports respiratory health, reduces inflammation, and restores the energy your body needs to function at its best. 

2. Black grapes

Grapes are not only tasty but also a substantial source of nutrients. They contain antioxidant phytonutrients, such as beta-carotene and resveratrol. When eating these fruits directly, chew their seeds as well to get the maximum antioxidant effect.  There are multiple benefits of black grapes, from excelling in protecting the cardiovascular system to keeping cholesterol under control

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a well-known food that is rich in antioxidants. Researchers have found significant links between lycopene (the primary antioxidant carotenoid pigment that gives tomatoes its color) and bone health. Besides lycopene, tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin C and minerals.

4. Cranberries

Cranberries contain large amounts of vitamins and are also rich in anthocyanin and quercetin, flavonoid antioxidants that help prevent serious diseases, fight infections, and improve memory. A cup of cranberries exceeds, on average, ten times the recommended daily dose of antioxidants, so consuming these types of berries periodically means a high dose of health for the body.

5. Walnuts

Walnuts are rich in good fats, both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, and, when regularly consumed, can help lower bad cholesterol. High in antioxidants and vitamin E, walnuts prevent heart disease, fight infections and protect the skin from the harmful effects of external factors.

  
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