Antioxidants: A Pathway to Better HealthSeptember 01, 2020
We’re always looking for ways to boost our health, immunity, and illness prevention. That’s why we’re talking about antioxidants on today’s blog!
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants can slow or prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals. Oxidative stress can be damaging for our health and can increase our risk for illness and cancer. Several factors are known to cause free radical formation and oxidative stress, such as:
- Air pollution
- Alcohol intake
- Cigarette smoke
- Too much polyunsaturated fatty acids
- High blood sugar
- & more; see full list on Healthline
The good news is, though, that antioxidants can help to offset this damage and lead to better health and more disease prevention!
Natural Sources of Antioxidants
Your body actually naturally produces antioxidants! However, we can add even more antioxidants by incorporating more antioxidant-rich foods into our diets. Important antioxidants include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Antioxidant Rich Foods
Many foods are chock-full of antioxidants, and here are a few of our favorites!
#1 Green Tea & Coffee!
Green tea and coffee are great sources of antioxidants! If you’re sensitive to caffeine, rely more on green tea. Both green tea and coffee have caffeine-free options!
#2 Dark Chocolate!
That’s right; a healthy excuse to eat more chocolate! Veer more towards dark chocolate with little to no added sugar, as sugar is inflammatory and too much will cancel out the healthy benefits of dark, antioxidant-rich chocolate!
#3 Blueberries, Strawberries, & Raspberries!
Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are a delicious way to incorporate more antioxidants into our diets! Add them to smoothies, put them atop your morning oatmeal, or just take a handful as a delicious, healthy snack!
#4 Goji Berries
Goji berries are one of earth’s superfoods! They are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and actually contain unique antioxidants known as Lycium barbarum polysaccharides that have been linked to reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, and slowed skin aging.
#5 Kale & Spinach
Let’s bring on the kale and spinach salads this fall! Or, try adding these nutrient-rich greens into your daily green smoothie.
Stay healthy, all, and be sure to stay tuned on the wellness section of our blog for lots of ways to boost your immunity this upcoming flu season.
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