Are you concerned about growing old? Antioxidants may be the answer to help your body grow old gracefully, strong, and healthy.
What are antioxidants?
We now know what super foods are so it is time to define antioxidants.
Antioxidants are substances that fight free radical damage in the body. You may be asking: What are free radicals?
Here’s a simple explanation. The body assimilates food nutrients at a cellular level to drive certain reactions that occur within the body. This is called cellular metabolism or respiration. Free radicals are by-products produced by these reactions. In the body, these substances bump into organs, vessels, and everything else, damaging them in the process. That is why the body ages, and not always so gracefully.
Free radicals can come from not only the body but also the environment. Pollution, smoking, stress, drugs, alcohol, and other sources all feed into the damage that contributes to the aging process. Antioxidants help by neutralizing the effects of these rogue particles. You are less prone to disease, inflammation, wrinkles, age spots, arthritis, and the list goes on.
Foods that contain Antioxidants
What foods can you eat to get the most antioxidant benefits? Currently, there are no recommendations as far as the amount of antioxidants you have to consume each day. Needless to say, eat as many as you can not only for anti-aging effects but also for overall good health. Let’s look at some antioxidant rich foods:
Berries – The best berry for antioxidants is considered to be blueberries, but strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are also good choices to get your fill of antioxidants. The rule of thumb is always eat the most colorful fruit and vegetables for the most antioxidants. Even a half cup each day on your cereal or in a smoothie is an excellent start in boosting your antioxidants.
Grapes – The skins of the red grape contain an antioxidant substance called resveratrol. This is one reason why it is suggested that people drink a glass of red wine every day for their health. Of course, snacking on a plate of red grapes is an even healthier choice. Be sure to leave the peel on the grapes; if you’re feeding a young child grapes, cut the grapes in halves or quarters so the skins slide down easier and to reduce the risk of choking.
Prunes – Prunes help get the digestive system flowing. However, prunes also offer a tremendous boost to the immune system. Snacking on two or three prunes a day is much more appealing to most people than drinking prune juice and provides a sweet treat to boot.
Pumpkins and Carrots – A well-known antioxidant substance is beta-carotene, which improves eye health, immunity, and helps with cellular repair. Do you see a common factor here? Yes, the orange color. Again, the more colorful the vegetable, the more antioxidant power. Buy pie-pumpkins when in season, cut, and roast them just like squash and keep a bag of fresh organic carrots cut up and ready to snack on.
Beans – They are tiny, but pack a punch. High in protein and excellent sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber, they lower cholesterol and work to build muscle.
Here is a convenient chart listing the nutritional information of various beans (legumes).
Replace meat in your diet a couple times a week with black bean and sweet potato chili, a hearty bean soup, lentils and rice, or three bean salad, and your antioxidants will be raring to go to work protecting you.
What are you eating regularly? Is your food aging you or is your food helping to keep you young? Antioxidants super foods can slow the aging process so you live healthier and have longevity!
To your good health,
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