Author: Dan Fonder
Substances that aid our body in combating free radicals which damages our tissues are called antioxidants. There are various antioxidants needed to fight against various free radicals, so one needs to be aware of foods that contain high antioxidant levels and nutrients to maximize health.
A popular antioxidant vitamin is Vitamin C. Lemons, grapefruits, oranges, cantaloupe, pepper, broccoli and several green leafy vegetables are ideal sources of Vitamin C. Another antioxidant nutrient is Beta carotene which is found in carrots.
Another food item with great antioxidant properties is garlic. Garlic provides many health benefits and it can be used as an antiseptic agent.
Different types of berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are great antioxidants sources and they can be prepared with ease in any way you want either eaten raw or mixed as ingredients.
We all know that cooking can reduce the nutrients present in foods but don’t worry: most foods have sufficient nutrients in them so as to remain intact while cooking. Red grapes that are used in wine making still contains a lot of antioxidants even after processed as wine so it’s not really needed to eat them raw.
When it comes to antioxidants, tea is always on the list. Aside from green tea, other types of tea also contain generous amount of antioxidants.
If you want to get most nutrients and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, follow the recommended five servings daily: very ideal if the vegetables are spinach and broccoli. It is not good to mainly rely on supplements in getting the nutrients needed by the body when you can have a natural variety of diet. But then for older people, they need to have food supplements since the ability to produce Vitamin B12 naturally is diminished. Another Vitamin that they need is Vitamin D. Ask your doctor’s help to do a blood test if you want to know whether you can benefit from vitamin supplements or not.
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