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The Best Antioxidant Foods

Updated on June 2, 2011

Foods with natural antioxidants are good for us. They make us feel good and make us healthy. Antioxidants are a necessary part of a healthy body and protect the body from free radicals which are bad cells that want to take over our health. Antioxidants naturally counteract the process of oxidation which inside of our bodies is a natural occuring process that breaks down our bodies. In other words, antioxidants are against oxidations. Antioxidants keep us young, keep us feeling good, and protect us from diseases. The best way to keep healthy is to eat antioxidant foods.

What is Oxidation?

Basically, oxidation in the human body is the process of aging. As our body interacts with oxygen over time it begins to break down. Many changes in our bodies are the result of oxidation. The bi-products that are released in the body are called free radicals.

What are Free Radicals?

Free radicals are incomplete molecules that are missing an electron. Free radicals are not stable and cause further unstability in the human body. They try to react with other molecules to steal an electron. This creates a highly unstable environment in the human body where cells are damaged or destroyed. This process makes it easier for diseases such as cancer to take over. 

Fight Back With Antioxidant Foods

The human body is capable of fighting back against free radicals. Antioxidant foods keep the body in a healthy state. Here are some of the best antixoidant foods that everybody should eat as party of healthy diet:

Berries - Tiny little berries are loaded with good things such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are also filled with fiber and can help your body fight off diseases like cancer and heart disease. This includes strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries and blackberries.

Tomatoes - These benefit filled vegetables (or fruit?) are filled with antixoidants to keep the immune system working.

Broccoli - This beneficial cruciferous vegetable contains a potent antioxidant that will help ward off cancer.

Spinach - Yes, Popeye was right. Spinach is good for you. The antioxidant in this leafy green vegetable is excellent for eye health.

Carrots - Beta carotene is the antioxidant in carrots. It provides protection from cancer, arthritis and heart disease.

Whole Grains - Vitamin E is the rich antioxidant in whole grains which gives the body a hand in fighting cancer.

Apples - The phrase ":An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is very true. Apples are rich in disease fighting antioxidants.

Nuts - Pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts will keep your body enriched with antioxidants.

Beans - Beans such as kidney beans and pinto beans are know to be rich in antioxidants and are very good for you.

Red Grapes - The skin and flesh of the grape are rich in the antioxidant called Resveratol. This antioxidant keeps your heart healthy and fights agains free radicals.

You can see that eating these food will help to keep your body healthy and fighting disease.  The best advice is to keep your diet filled with antioxidant foods to fight for and stay in good health.

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thanks for the list of food with antioxidant properties. :) Voted up!

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