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Antioxidant Foods

Updated on July 2, 2008

Key Points

  • Antioxidants slow aging
  • Antioxidants prevent certain illnesses and diseases
  • Naturally occuring in fruits and vegetables
  • Are essential to maintaining a healthy body

What are Antioxidants?

If you are not familiar with antioxidants, they are important substances found in fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are important in slowing the aging process as well as preventing certain illnesses and diseases.

Some key areas that antioxidants help with are providing stronger resistance to the flu, viruses and infections. It has also been shown to reduce the chances of getting many types of cancers, prevention of glaucoma, macular degeneration, reduced risk of cholesterol oxidation and heard disease, and the aging of the cells in the body.

They work by fighting and eliminating the free radicals in the body which is important as free radical oxidation is the primary cause of aging.

Top Antioxidant Foods

Top Antioxidant Foods

Fruit has some of the highest concentrations of antioxidants found in food. Some of the fruits that have the highest concentration of antioxidants are:

  • Cherries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Crowberries
  • Blueberries
  • Wild Blueberries
  • Black Currants
  • Pomegranates
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Plums
  • Pineapples
  • Kiwi
  • Grapefruits

Vegetables are also excellent sources of antioxidants. Some examples include:

  • Kale
  • Chili Peppers
  • Red Cabbage
  • Peppers
  • Parsley
  • Artichoke
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Lemon
  • Red Beets

Other foods that are high in antioxidants include:

  • Dry Fruits
  • Legumes
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Cereals

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      ramkumar45 8 years ago from INDIA

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      Thank you for the information

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