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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Foods that are high in antioxidants

Written by Tena Moore


Antioxidants are great for overall health, anti-aging, and helping to strengthen the immune system. They help eradicate free radicals in the body and keep your cells healthy and alive. There are many foods that offer an abundance of antioxidants to the diet, along with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Antioxidant rich foods are foods containing vitamins A, B6, B12, C, E and minerals such as selenium, folic acid, and carotene. They are thought to also help prevent diseases such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer Disease and even cancer. Many fruits, vegetables, nuts, cereals, legumes and even some spices offer antioxidants, but some are higher than others.

A USDA study measured antioxidant concentration and capacity for serving size, finding beans and berries at the top of the list. In particular small red beans, red kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Other vegetables that topped the list were Russet potatoes, artichoke hearts, spinach and kale, while apples, cherries, prunes and plums also ranked fairly high.

If you want to find your antioxidants through nut consumption, choose walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts, and for antioxidant-rich spices choose ground cinnamon, ground cloves and fresh oregano. Oats, millet, barley and corn are cereals high in antioxidants. Fish and some other seafoods contain a small amount of antioxidants.




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    When will the body begin to cannibalize muscle tissue?

    Written by Tena Moore


    Your body has certain rules about how it uses energy and burns fat and muscle. If you aren’t playing by the body’s rules then you definitely can lose muscle tissue and organ tissue, instead of what you want to lose: fat. If you are not eating enough calories for your weight and activity level, you body will start to cannibalize muscle and organ tissue because it won’t be able to get the fuel it needs. Food is your fuel supply, and although many dieters strive to reduce their calories to help lose weight, it is important to eat enough calories for your body’s daily energy needs.

    Reducing calories can be a very healthy choice if done correctly. Studies have shown that restricting calories can help people lose weight, stay healthier, combat certain diseases, and even live longer. While the amount of calories needed per day depends on each individuals weight, height, and activity level, a basic rule is to never go lower than 1200 calories per day. If you do, you may lose weight, but that weight will most likely be muscle and organ tissue and will leave you with low energy levels. When you begin eating normally and healthily again, you will gain the weight back at a fast rate.



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