September 09, 2019

Everyone talks about antioxidants, but I always find in the wrong ways, we look into teas and different FAD diets instead of actually just looking at the right food that has those qualities within them. So, I took the time out to make sure that you guys, my amazing following have the right information at all times.

Antioxidants are essentially compounds that are produced in your body and found in foods, they help defend your cells from damages that is caused by potentially harmful molecules know as free radicals. When these get together, they formed what is called an oxidative stress and this can damage your DNA. They also can lead to chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

Luckily for us there is a lot of foods out there that we can be consuming that will help us tackle these issues. Here are 5 high antioxidant foods that we know:

  1. Dark Chocolate

We have done an article on dark chocolate before and yes, it is actually good for you in moderation. It has more mineral and antioxidants than normal milk chocolate and can be linked to health benefits like less inflammation and reduced risks of heart disease.

  1. Pecans

These are a type of nuts that is native to Mexico and South America. They are a great source of healthy fats and minerals but also and incredible number of antioxidants. The one thing to watch with these though is that, even though they are amazing for you they do have a high calorie content, so try not to eat too much of them as they are very calorie dense.

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  1. Blueberries

This amazing food group is packed with all sorts of goodness and also are low in calories so you can have quite a bit more of them in your diet (unlike pecans that we just discussed)

Blueberries are also known to help lessen the effects of getting older, like memory loss and so forth. Which is great to keep not only your body healthy but your mind too.

  1. Strawberries

Amongst the most popular berries that are consumed on the planet they are very versatile and rich in sources of Vitamin C, antioxidants and of course they are deliciously sweet.

Moreover, strawberries contain a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins, which give them their red colour. Strawberries that have a higher anthocyanin content tend to be brighter red.

  1. Artichokes

Not as common in people’s normal diets but still very good for you if you can find a way to incorporate it. They have a long history — people in ancient times used their leaves as a remedy to treat liver conditions like jaundice.

They are also a great source of dietary fibre, antioxidants and minerals. The best thing about artichokes is that they are another food source that is high in anti-inflammatory qualities.

There are a bunch more food groups we could discuss but these are a good one to get started. Is there some here that you’d like to try now that you know a little more about them? Message me and let me know!

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