You likely know that berries are a great source of antioxidants, but do you know exactly what an antioxidant is? Do you know what role it plays in your health & wellness?
If not, read on and see just how many ways these colorful berries are benefiting your body. Also, see which antioxidants you may be missing out on and should add to your diet right away.
What Antioxidants Do For You…
Your body naturally produces waste. One form of waste that develops in the body is called free radicals.
These are formed as a normal response to the metabolic process as well as to external stress on the body such as emotional stress, environmental toxins, poor diet & more.
While it’s perfectly normal that these free radicals develop – they are toxic to your system & can cause problems if they are allowed to build.
Antioxidants help to eliminate these free radicals, help to repair the damage they may have caused & help to build up your immune system.
While research into antioxidants is still in its infancy, some studies have even linked antioxidants to longevity & overall good health.
Antioxidants Keep Muscles Strong…
A recent study through CNCAhealth.com shows that certain antioxidants can help to keep muscle strength at its max long into your 70’s.
The study was performed with a survey of over 2,000 patients & the trend showed that seniors who consumed a higher amount of vitamin C & E had improved muscle strength over those who didn’t.
A Rainbow of Antioxidants in Food…
While the body produces its own protective antioxidants, it is important to give it a boost with antioxidant-rich foods.
Especially as you age, your body continues to produce higher levels of free-radicals, thus needing more in the way of assistance to eliminate these toxins.
Antioxidant rich foods are known for their bright colors.
Things like grapes, peaches, apples, pears, berries & citrus fruits are all a great source of antioxidants.
Types of Antioxidants…
Antioxidants come in all different types of foods & each delivers a different type or ‘flavonoid’ of antioxidant.
For example, broccoli, cauliflower & cabbage deliver an Isothiocyanate type called sulphoraphane.
Meanwhile blueberries, kiwi, apples & pears deliver phenolic acids such as caffeic acid & ferrulic acid.
Glutathione has been described as “the most important antioxidant” as it helps the immune system to maximize its full potential, flushing free radicals & recycling vitamins C & E.
Glutathione is found in whey protein, asparagus, avocado & parsley.
For a full listing of types of antioxidants click here.
‘Oxidizing” Your Diet…
While it’s always good to have a diet rich in fruits & vegetables, it’s also important to ensure that you’re getting a diet rich in antioxidants.
Funnily enough when you eat a variety of good fruit & veg you will automatically be absorbing quality antioxidants – they go hand in hand.
Keep in mind that there are different kinds of antioxidants offered by different foods so it’s important to change up your eating habits & routines.
Make sure to get your daily fruit serving but also keep up with the greens. Keep your eyes open for a future about fruit to know exactly how much fruit you should eat everyday to ensure optimum health & ideal bodyfat percentage.
Remember that antioxidants are also available in tea & supplement form so keep your diet clean & varied.
To Your Best Health
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