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You probably hear blabber about them all the time.
Well, they offer a number of impressive benefits, which include:
Reduced likelihood of heart disease
Lower chance of certain types of cancer
Slowing the aging process and reduces its effects
Anyway, while not yet definitively proven, that’s the general thinking regarding antioxidant’s health benefits.
Antioxidants work by fighting off free radicals. Your body actually naturally produces both antioxidants and free radicals. However, your body tends to naturally have more free radicals than antioxidants.
So, it makes sense that you need to consume more antioxidants to give your body the help it needs.
The only known risks of antioxidants come in the form of supplements. If you consume high doses of antioxidants from vitamin E, you may increase your risk of prostate cancer and one kind of stroke.
While supplementation is pretty safe when done in reasonable dosages, consuming antioxidants naturally through foods is always the safest option.
Here are some foods to put at the top of your list if antioxidants are a must-have for you:
1. Wild Blueberries
Berries in general rock the house when it comes to antioxidants. So really, your favorite berry would be fine.
However, wild blueberries are the all-stars of all berries.
Yep. If it tastes awful, it’s good for you, isn’t it? Few people can stand the taste of beets alone.
So, simply cut ‘em up and add them to a salad or pickle them.
There’s no reason for a healthy diet to be one that you feel like you have to choke down every day.
And if that’s the way your diet works, you won’t stick to it anyway.
Ahh…finally! Chocolate has been proven good for you.
Chocolate itself comes loaded with antioxidants, and studies have also shown that the fat in chocolate helps your body better absorb those antioxidants so they’re more effective.
Current recommendations hover around 3.5 – 7.0 ounces of chocolate per day.
Don’t know about you, but we’ll go with the 7.
This fish may be the top non-plant source of antioxidants. And besides, it’s a delicious fish to eat.
A six-ounce filet of salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can possibly eat (in addition to offering antioxidants).
So yeah, you now have access to delicious foods that give you all the antioxidants you’ll ever need!