For those who have heard of the term ‘antioxidants’ but are a little fuzzy on the details, here’s a crash course. As the cells in our bodies metabolise oxygen,unstable molecules called free radicles form,causing cell damage hence the aging process. Antioxidants neutralize the radicles,preventing the damage thereby slowing the aging process.
Anyway, after a convincing pile of research, I found a strong connection between foods loaded with antioxidants with a stronger,longer and healthier life. Luckily, spotting foods with antioxidants is quite easy as most are the ones bursting with colour (Nature came in handy)
Few things are as amazing in this world as finding out chocolate isn’t all that unhealthy after all. Studies show that cocoa,particularly in dark chocolate contains a high concentration of antioxidants making it really good for the heart as it prevents heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. Well,as much as its a relief to know these health benefits of yummy chocolate, we can’t ignore the harmful effects of taking it in excess (high blood sugar level, high calories etc) So as always,moderation is key.
Raisins are definitely loaded with a antioxidants and are also really handy for an energy boost. Don’t forget to throw some in on your breakfast next time. They really are a good deal.
Tomatoes are also a good source of antioxidants in the body. There’s the popular belief that tomatoes are best consumed raw,which is wrong. The antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes is best absorbed in the body when the tomatoes are cooked. Tomatoes also contain vitamin C and A which are the best antioxidants in the body.
4. Cranberries,blueberries and blackberries.
These fruits contain the highest amount of antioxidants. Cranberries have vitamin C and fibre. These berries also have anthocyanin that fights cancer in the body.
Beans might just be the most nutritious food at this rate. Its not only known for its ability to boost blood count in the body but is also a rich source of antioxidants. It is also rich in muscle boosting protein and it has little fat and no cholesterol. Tip: Make beans your regular protein and be assured of a healthy life.
Stop.Breathe in. I’m about to let you in on a life saving secret : Be a friend to this amazing vegetable and you will be as far from cancer as possible. Broccoli is simply the best source of antioxidant beta-carotene that fights cancerous cells. The best way to prepare it is to steam it to avoid destroying the antioxidants.