Antioxidants • What are they?

Antioxidants are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals and protect vital molecules from damage. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, and betacarotene, cannot be manufactured by the body so they must come from your diet.

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Following are just a few of the health benefits of antioxidants:

  • Detoxification support
  • Decelerated aging
  • Heart protection
  • Stroke protection
  • Reduced risk for cognitive disorders
  • Reduced risk for vision disorders
  • Reduction in inflammation (which is associated with most disease conditions)

Some anti-oxidant rich foods and spices:

  • Apples
  • Artichoke
  • Balck beans (home-cooked)
  • Basil
  • Blackberry
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Cloves
  • Cranberry
  • Cumin
  • Dark chocolate
  • Domestic blueberry
  • Elderberries
  • Ginger
  • Goji berries
  • Olives
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Pecans
  • Pinto beans
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Raspberry
  • Red kidney beans (freshly cooked from dried beans)
  • Strawberry
  • Sweet cherries
  • Teas, green and black
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
  • Wild blueberry
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