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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