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Antioxidant benefits

Antioxidants are little miracle workers that offer strong allies in the fight against diseases like cancer, diabetes, and diseases of the heart. But how?

It’s like this: when our bodies do simple tasks like breaking down food or exercising, they produce free radicals. These little buggers roam around our bodies and damage cells left and right. To fix and even prevent this damage from causing long-term side effects, it is crucial that you incorporate the highest quality antioxidant foods into your diet on a daily basis. Here are a few that not only taste great they are also loaded with antioxidant benefits.

Berries

Berries aren’t just  juicy  and delicious; they are a great way to incorporate antioxidants into your daily diet. Blueberries, cranberries, acai berries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are all excellent sources and can be eaten for breaky lunch, and snacks.

More  Fruits

Don’t think that berries are the only antioxidant-rich fruits. There is a nearly endless variety to choose from including Granny Smith apples, plums, pomegranates, citrus fruits, currants, pineapple, and kiwi.

Nuts

Nuts are a great snack and a nice way to get your antioxidants. Walnuts, cashews , sunflower seeds, and even organic and freshly ground peanut butter all pack huge amounts of antioxidants.

Vegetables

While not as potent in the antioxidant department as fruits are, vegetables, especially kale, has some of the highest antioxidant values available. Another are  Brussels sprouts, red bell pepper, broccoli florets, onions, and eggplants, etc .

Meat

Even meat is an excellent source of antioxidants. Fish, organic chicken, and lean red meats have substantial amounts of selenium and zinc – two great sources of antioxidants.

Drinks

If you like to drink your berries, you’re in luck because high quality berry drinks are also a good source of antioxidants. For an even better source, try green tea. Packed with flavanoids, green tea is an excellent morning drink to get your day started.

 

Witten for AEFM by Silvia Kramska of www.silviakramska.com

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