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Top Ten Antioxident Vegetables and Fruits

Updated on July 2, 2016
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In health care since 1977, but keenly aware of Western medicine's shortcomings, Rose Mary began exploring natural health in the late 1990s.


Reader’s Digest posted a list of top 10 Fruits and 10 Vegetables that are the most antioxidant rich. The foods were ranked by researchers at Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center.

Antioxidants help neutralize the free radicals that can cause cell and tissue damage. Tufts researchers note that free radicals resulting from cellular metabolism in the body, as well as lifestyle and environmental factors, are key in human aging. People who have a high dietary intake of antioxidants vitamins and phytochemicals maintain physiologic function better, and have fewer degenerative diseases.


Assortment of vegetables
Assortment of vegetables | Source


Here are the top ten fruits and vegetables, as determined by the researchers at Tufts:


Vegetables
1. Kale
2. Spinach
3. Brussels sprouts
4. Alfalfa sprouts
5. Broccoli flowers
6. Beets
7. Red bell peppers
8. Onions
9. Corn
10. Eggplant


Fruits
1. Prunes
2. Raisins
3. Blueberries
4. Blackberries
5. Strawberries
6. Raspberries
7. Plums
8. Oranges
9. Red grapes
10. Cherries


Not too keen on some of these fruits or vegetables? Or maybe you’re just not sure what to do with some of them? No worries. I have provided links for you, for literally thousands of recipes. For many of the top ten antioxidant vegetables and fruits, I have sited AllRecipes.com and Food.com. These are huge sites, and often returned hundreds of recipes, to several thousand in some cases. I have linked you to the main search. These sites will allow you to do a search within the main search. So no excuses!


Community organic produce
Community organic produce | Source
Quiche with kale and feta cheese
Quiche with kale and feta cheese | Source
Pasta with sauteed spinach and mushrooms
Pasta with sauteed spinach and mushrooms | Source
Balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts
Balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts | Source
Steak with a side of broccoli
Steak with a side of broccoli | Source
Arugula Salad with beets and avocado
Arugula Salad with beets and avocado | Source
Mongolian Beef with red peppers
Mongolian Beef with red peppers | Source
Sauteed onions go well with and in many dishes
Sauteed onions go well with and in many dishes | Source
Cantaloupe and Corn Salad
Cantaloupe and Corn Salad | Source
Chinese Eggplant in Garlic Sauce
Chinese Eggplant in Garlic Sauce | Source

Juicer Recipes for Vegetables and Fruits



Most experts recommend 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables, but recently I have seen recommendations for 9 servings a day. That could be difficult for most of us. Juicing could be the answer for boosting our antioxidant fruit and vegetable consumption.


Health Recipes

Happy Juicer

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Juicing for Health


Spinach Salad with beets and oranges
Spinach Salad with beets and oranges | Source
Carrot Salad with Raisins and Pineapple
Carrot Salad with Raisins and Pineapple | Source
Fruit and Nut Chili with Raisin Garnish
Fruit and Nut Chili with Raisin Garnish | Source
Salad with Blackberries and Pear
Salad with Blackberries and Pear | Source
Salad with Strawberries and Gorgonzola
Salad with Strawberries and Gorgonzola | Source
Romaine Salad with oranges
Romaine Salad with oranges | Source
Cherry ice cream made in Vitamix blender with instant pudding
Cherry ice cream made in Vitamix blender with instant pudding | Source
Salad Greens and Fruit
Salad Greens and Fruit | Source

Fruit Salad Recipes

Importance of Antioxidants to Neutralize Free Radicals

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    onlineproducts 

    8 years ago from Oxford Maine

    great information.

  • rmcrayne profile imageAUTHOR

    rmcrayne 

    8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    misty, I really enjoyed your hub. I linked to it in another of my hubs, Top Ten Antioxidents & Corresponding Antioxident Foods.

    Thanks for reading RTalloni.

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    Cindy Lawson 

    8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Excellent hub. I wrote one recently on the growing of usual vegetables in unusual colours. Often things like purple carrots, purple or orange cauliflowers etc are actually higher in antioxidants than 'normal' coloured ones. If you get a chance please take a read of it. I won't link to it here but you can easily find it under my profile if you fancy a bit of interesting info.

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Wow, you have outdone yourself on this hub. Very good information and thanks for the recipe links. I love fruits and vegetables and can never get enough of the ones I love.

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