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These Foods Are Rich in Antioxidants

By Paul Rothbart


There are many essential nutrients the body needs to stay healthy. Vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber are some of the most important. There are also compounds that help fight and prevent chronic diseases such as cancer. These compounds are antioxidants. Harmful molecules called free radicals enter the body through ingested and inhaled chemicals. These free radicals attack the cells, causing oxidative stress. Cells become damaged and may mutate causing many serious diseases. Antioxidants fight free radicals, preventing oxidative stress and reducing your risk of disease. You can get them in supplements but they are much more effective if ingested through food.

Beans

Beans come in a wide variety and are staples in many of the world's cuisines. They are members of the legume family that are high in protein, fiber, and many other nutrients. Beans are low in cholesterol and fat and contain more antioxidants than any other vegetable. Adding them to a salad or as a side dish to a meal can be very helpful in lowering your risk of disease.

Blueberries

Blueberries are great sources of Vitamin C and are used in baked goods, jams, and eaten raw. In addition to their sweet flavor and vitamin content, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants. They can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as protect against heart disease. Studies have also discovered that blueberries can help slow cognitive decline through aging and thus may help prevent Alzheimer's and dementia.

Raspberries

Raspberries are tasty fruits that are related to roses. They contain lots of fiber, Vitamin C, and manganese. Raspberries are loaded with phytochemicals, a type of antioxidant. Some of these include ellagic acid, gallic, acid, salicylic acid, catechins, cyanidins, and quercetin. These compounds have been found to slow the spread of cancer, as well as lower the risk of getting it, and protect against heart disease.

Red Cabbage

Red cabbage is healthier than the green variety. It contains plenty of iron and Vitamins A, C, and K. The antioxidant group, anthocyanins, is what gives the plant its color and red cabbage has plenty of them. These antioxidants reduce inflammation, protect against heart disease, and lower the risk of certain forms of cancer. Boiling or stir-frying red cabbage boosts the effectiveness of its antioxidants. 

Strawberries

Strawberries are another sweet fruit loaded with Vitamin C. Like red cabbage, they get their color from anthocyanins. They can help raise good cholesterol levels while lowering the bad. This promotes heart health. Strawberries can also lower blood pressure, inflammation, and the risk of cancer.

Among the most important nutrients that should be in your diet are antioxidants. They help lessen the risk of many diseases and health problems. The best way to get them is through food and now you know which ones.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rialto, Calif.

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