Foods High in Antioxidants
Here is a thorough list of foods high in antioxidants:
Basically, though ALL fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, seeds, herbs,and many teas and spices contain antioxidants.
Some foods are higher in a specific antioxidant than others, while other foods are higher in other specific antioxidants.
Therefore, eat a variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, etc. so you are supplying your body with as many different antioxidants as possible.
Remember that all antioxidants work together so the more fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts and such that you eat and the greater the variety, the better and healthier you will be.
Please try to get as much of your produce as you can at farmer's markets (avoid pesticides, radiated food) and better yet grow some tomatoes and sweet strawberries, etc. yourself.
*Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries: contain the antioxidants known as proanthocyanidins
*Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries: contain ellagic acid
*Watermelon: high amounts of the antioxidant Lycopene (gives the flesh of the watermelon its red color! -yummy!
*Oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes: contain several phytochemicals (carotenoids, flavonoids, coumarins, limonoids, and terpenes)
please note: Try to eat the whole orange in its natural form instead of orange juice as some of the potency is lost during extraction. Same goes for all other fruit and fruit juices.
*Carrots: Contain Beta Carotene (makes carrots orange)
*Spinach: contains Beta Carotene (the green Chlorophyll covers up the orange pigment)
*Tomatoes: Also high in Lycopene (also red), and glutathione!
Tomatoes are fat-soluble so best to eat with an oil for better absorption, as in a salad with olive oil dressing.
*Green Pepper: beta carotene
*Broccoli: contains antioxidant indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and beta-carotene and glutathione!
*Spinach: Lutein and glutathione
*Garlic: jam-packed with antioxidants, including glutathione (also anti-fungal and anti-viral)
*Green, Black, and Oolong tea come from the plant: Camellia sinenis (picture on left)
green tea (jasmine tea): contains the antioxidant catechin.
Oolong tea (has 60% less catechin than green tea because of processing--baking and fermenting.)
Black tea (has 90% less catechin than green tea)
As you know, it is very important to eat organic (and locally-grown) fruits and veggies as often as possible to supply the body with antioxidants.
Yes, and sometimes even dark chocolate!
You can go here for an easy explanation of
and to learn more about the
benefits of antioxidants!
Do not forget though, that it is just as important to
limit our exposure to chemicals and toxins.
glyconutrients are an excellent source of antioxidants and help generate activity of glutathione.
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