foods contain antioxidants
We all try our best to live a healthily balanced lifestyle. Daily food choices really do affect our quality of life. That being said, in order to maintain a healthy diet, we should choose foods to consume which are high in antioxidants.
Antioxidants are simply the natural substances that fundamentally protect your cells from damaging; they keep your immune system strong and protect against infections, so a good amount of antioxidants from various food sources should be eaten on a daily basis. Below are a variety of fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants that you can incorporate into your daily diet.
Vitamin C will set you free
Eat your berries folks! Blueberries, cranberries, and blackberries contain the highest levels of potent antioxidants. Blueberries may help protect cells from damage and lower inflammation. They additionally contain many of the vitamins and minerals known to strengthen the immune system, along with key phytochemicals to prevent heart disease. Berries contain lots of Vitamin C, which plays an important role in the production of collagen, which is a protein that is present in connective tissues within the body; it also helps speed up the healing process by protecting the brain and nervous system especially during stress. Vitamin C is known to help you with your cold symptoms, like when you have a runny nose or a sore throat. To keep your colds far away and to help you lower cholesterol in the blood, try these fruits and vegetables with an abundantly rich source of Vitamin C: the entire berry family (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries), honeydew, grapefruit, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Vitamin C foods also have mood-elevating effects, so grab some honeydew for example when you are feeling a bit down.
Consume Vitamin A today
Beta-carotene is the antioxidant that basically converts into Vitamin A by the body. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in eye health as well as skin health. So consider that when choosing these great fruits and vegetables: watermelon, apricots, spinach, asparagus, beets, sweet potato, broccoli, cantaloupe, tomatoes, carrots, peaches, pumpkin, and mangoes. When eating fruit for instance, it is best to eat one fruit at a time preferably in the morning on an empty stomach. That way the enzymes from the juicy fruits are naturally activated for your digestion to begin its work! Vegetables on the other hand are best when steamed on the stove-top. Try consuming these healthy fruits and vegetables on a daily basis and with regular portion control watch your energy levels rise and waist line shrink. Happy eating!
Written By: Levita Galinsky