Our body needs oxygen to function properly. When our body uses oxygen, it produces toxic by-products called "free-radicals". These "free radicals" cause damaging effects on our healthy cells and cause inflammation and infections, aging, alterations in immunity, degenerative arthritis, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Antioxidants prevent and repair the cell damage caused by free radicals and may also enhance immune defense and therefore lower the risk of cancer and infection. Normally, our bodies can supply its own antioxidants. However, when there is rapid production of free radicals, our bodies will need an additional supply of antioxidants from external sources.
A recent study conducted by researchers from London found that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily can reduce the risk of stroke by 25 percent.
Boost your body’s antioxidant level by consuming these foods:
|Carotenoids||broccoli, spinach, squash, melon, sweet potato, carrots|
|Vitamin C||citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, tomatoes|
|Vitamin E||nuts and seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oil and liver oil|
|Vitamin A||carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, peaches, sweet potato, melon, squash, cabbage, pechay, watermelon|
|Selenium||fish and shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken, garlic|
|Lycopene||tomatoes, watermelon, guava|
|Lutein||corn, mango, broccoli, kiwi, spinach, melon, cabbage, egg yolks, peas|
|Lignan||oatmeal, sesame seeds, cashew, broccoli|
|Flavonoids/Polyphenols||coffee, tea, soy, red wine, purple grapes, onions, apples|