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High Antioxidant Foods You Must Eat.

What are Antioxidants


Each type of food in our meal comes with its use. Carbohydrates give you energy, vitamins strengthen you and protein gives you the strength to fight back. But when it comes to fighting the slow damage that time and age brings to your body, there is one group of fighters who you would be wise to include in your meal. These are antioxidants, a class of molecules which can battle the oxidation of other molecules and thus destroy an element known as ‘free radicals’.

FOODS GOOD SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS.


1. BLUEBERRIES.
Blueberries are known to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables, and contain many vitamins and minerals that are found to strengthen the immune system, such as vitamin C, vitamin K and fibre. They are also packed full of anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant which gives the bright colours associated with fruits and vegetables.

Studies have also shown that blueberries can delay the decline in brain function that usually happens with age as well as improve one’s heart health.

2. STRAWBERRIES
We can safely say that strawberries are one of the most popular fruits on the planet. Used as decoration on desserts, as jams and jellies, and as a topping on frozen yogurts or beverages, strawberries can be found everywhere and can be paired with almost anything.

But more importantly, they are a rich source of vitamin C and contain manganese, folate (vitamin B9) and potassium as well.

Strawberries are also rich with anthocyanins, which as mentioned earlier, is what gives them their bright red colour. That means the higher the anthocyanin, the brighter the strawberry.

So you know which ones to go for the next time you’re at a supermarket! Other benefits include blood sugar regulation and cancer prevention, thanks to the presence of ellagic acid and ellagitannins.

3. RASPBERRIES.
Raspberries are soft, a little sweet and a little tart — which means they go great with desserts, similar to the other two fruits above. But more than a source of dietary fibre, vitamin C and a good ingredient for your new baking project, you might want to consider incorporating the berry in meals particularly for its high antioxidant content, particularly ellagic acid.

Similar to strawberries, raspberries control your blood sugar and has cancer-fighting properties. A 2010 US study found that raspberry extracts killed 90 per cent of stomach, colon and breast cancer cells. Other studies have also shown that black raspberries in particular can delay and suppress the effects of various cancers.

Raspberries also have anti-inflammatory properties which may reduce symptoms of arthritis. Perhaps, this might be all the more reason to opt for raspberries in your future baked goods.

4. BEANS
Beans come in many shapes, forms and colours: There are red beans, green beans, black beans, lentils, chickpeas and pinto beans.

The latter in particular, which is more commonly found in Mexican cuisine, contains the kaempferol antioxidant, which has links to health benefits such as reduction of chronic inflammation and suppressed cancer growth.

Studies have also seen a possible contributory role to the suppression of breast, bladder, kidney and lung cancers.

While more research has to be made to confirm these results, there’s no harm in indulging in those beans, am I right? Besides their disease-fighting capabilities, they are also inexpensive and high in fibre after all.

5.Broccoli
The green vegetable is the go-to source for carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene.

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