Study after study has proven that antioxidants –disease fighting compounds that occur naturally in many foods have certain properties that protect the body from free radicals and boost the immune system. They also reduce the risk of health problems particularly heart disease and cancer. While the antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E are available in supplement form, researchers recommend we try to obtain them naturally through the foods we eat.
Antioxidant Rich Foods
It is very important to build a proper meal plan through a diverse combination of healthy foods. There are several foods that contain all three antioxidants.
Among them you will find:
- MANGOS – Mangos contain 57 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C – almost the full recommended daily allowance (RDA) – as well as ample amounts of vitamin E and beta-carotene. No other tropical fruit provides all three.
- SWEET POTATOES – They are low in calories and loaded with beta-carotene and vitamins C and
E. One to two sweet potatoes with or without the skin—almost meets the RDA for all three nutrients.
Other great Sources of Antioxidants
- KANGEN WATER is ionized, alkaline, micro clustered water that is full of natural antioxidants as well as anti-aging properties. It is these properties that enable the water to penetrate the cells quickly delivering essential nutrients while simultaneously flushing the metabolic waist (free radicals) from the body.
- BETA-CAROTENE – is commonly found in leafy green plants. Most health specialists recommend eating at least 4 to 5 fruits or vegetables a day, which amounts to a diet containing 6 mg of beta-carotene. Beta –carotene is “fat soluble” – meaning that you need to eat small amounts of fat with the beta-carotene in order to absorb it.
- VITAMIN C – The RDA for vitamin C is 60 mg. But researchers say that you need between 100mg and 500mg daily to fight off Cataracts and other diseases such cancer and heart disease.
- VITAMIN E –is one of the most potent antioxidants when it comes to preventing disease. Studies show that the current RDA for vitamin E is 30 international units (IU) and is probably to low to be able to offer much protection against disease. Some experts would say that 100 to 400 IU of vitamin E daily might offer much better protection.
- Vitamin E is most commonly found in high fat foods, such as vegetable oils (corn, soy and peanut) oils. Other examples would be – sunflower seeds… wheat germ… and peanut butter.
- Here is a list of Foods which is high in rich antioxidants…
- Apples- Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Delicious
- Artichokes- cooked
- Beans- black, red, kidney, pinto
- Blackberries- cultivated, wild
- Blueberries-cultivated, wild
- Cruciferous vegetables- broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, cabbage
- Plums-red, black
- Russet Potatoes- cooked
- Sweet Potatoes