Reaping the benefits of Anti-oxidants

I love the Dr. Oz show! If you’ve never gotten a chance to see it, you should! He’s a licensed doctor who shares many health topics with viewers. Yesterday, his show touched on anti-oxidants and the health benefits of consuming foods that have them.

According to “Anti-oxidants are a broad group of compounds that destroy single oxygen molecules, also called free radicals, in the body, thereby protecting against oxidative damage to cells.” Basically, anti-oxidants are substances that are believed to help prevent a variety of ailments.

Here are top 10 Anti-oxidant Foods (based off Lisa Turner’s article, Better Nutrition, 2002):

  1. Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc. Blueberries are said to “delay the onset of age-related loss of cognitive function.”
  2. Broccoli: Also includes cruciferous veges like cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. These can help prevent cancer and ward of heart disease.
  3. Tomatoes: No matter how you pronounce it TWO-MAY-TOE or TAH-MAH-TOW can help maintain mental function as we age. Tomatoes also contain glutathione, an anti-oxidant, which helps boosts the immune system.
  4. Red grapes: Want to keep your heart beating longer and stronger? Red grapes it’s said can boost heart health,  reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases, gastric ulcers, stroke and osteoporosis.
  5. Garlic: Known as “the stinking rose” it’s the word’s oldest known medicinal and culinary herb. BTW, it’s loaded with anti-oxidants! It can lower cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure and keep blood from clotting.
  6. Spinach: Lutein, an anti-oxidant found in spinach, can help protect your vision. Studies claim that those who eat less spinach can develop cataracts and macular degeneration, two of the most common causes of vision loss. The greener the better!
  7. Tea: Of the tea family, it is said that green and black tea are beverages with equal benefits of anti-oxidants. It is said that tea is one of the best beverages to take to prevent degenerative diseases.
  8. Carrots: Filled with “beta-carotene”, an anti-oxidant of the carotenoid family, can also be found in beets, sweet potatoes, and yellow-orange veges. Beta-carotene can protect against lung cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer, esophageal/stomach cancer, and can minimize the progression of arthritis by 70 percent.
  9. Soy: Think tofu, or Soy Milk products like Silk. Soy contains genistein, an anti-oxidant, which can help to prevent breast, colon, and prostate cancer. Soy can also lower cholesterol levels, prevent osteoporosis, and help alleviate menopause symptoms.
  10. Whole grains: Vitamin E is found in whole grains and whole grains are rich in “phytic acid” A.K.A. IP-6. Think of cereals with whole grains, breads made of whole grains are good too, pasta (whole wheat), etc. IP-6, found in whole grains, is also said to prevent sunburn,  breast, colon and liver cancer.

For the entire article, click here.

To get a clip of Dr. Oz’s Amazing Anti-oxidants segment, watch here.

The best way to arm yourself against illness and other diseases is to educate yourself! Hope you learned something. If I missed any other food groups packed with anti-oxidants please share. More knowledge, the better. : )


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