Posted 21 May 2015

Superfoods: Top five antioxidant-rich foods

We hear about the importance of antioxidants all the time, but do we really know why and how it benefit your body? Women consume plenty of antioxidant supplements for healthier, fairer, and glowing skin. But is that all antioxidants really good for?

While it’s true that antioxidants are able to combat the formation of free radicals that cause oxidation in our to the molecular cells in our body – and therefore slow the aging process for our skin and body, they also help to reduce the risk of cancer cells by boosting our immune system and protect our cell membranes and DNA from harmful mutation. 

Other added benefits of incorporating antioxidants in your diet also include improved eyesight, minimise the risks to heart-attack, memory problems, mood swings, and immune-system related diseases. Here are the top five foods to consume to get a healthy dose of antioxidants in your diet.

 

Acai berries

 

Nutritious and delicious gems

 

Native fruit of Central and South America, this purplish fruit is highly valued for its high content of antioxidants and is used in many health supplements. Rich in anthocyanins and flavonoids (one of the forms of antioxidants), it has been suggested that acai berries have the highest content of antioxidants than any other berries. 

They are also a great cancer-fighting food as they have antiviral and anti-allergy properties. Acai berries also help to improve your skin and hair, and increase your metabolic rate – strengthening your immune system, and enables your body to burn more fat faster. Yes, acai berries actually help you to lose weight!

 

Aronia berry

 

Also known as choke-berries

 

Better known as ‘chokeberry’, aronia berry has been dubbed the healthiest fruit in the world. They are believed to have the highest concentration of anthocyanins among any other fruits, and are also rich with vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin E, and folic acid.

These nutrients found in this super-berry are excellent to combat high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancers, DNA degeneration, and boost your immune system and blood circulation. What’s more, they are also a powerful quinic acid source, which aids in preventing urinary tract infections.

 

Blueberry

 

Great as a snack

 

Don’t underestimate these tiny blue-black berries, they are packed with various nutrients, including vitamin C, B, E, A, zinc, iron, minerals, and of course, antioxidants – earning them the title of super-berries. Like the rest of their fellow super-berries, they are excellent for slowing the aging progress of molecular cells, hence keeping your skin younger for years to come whilst maintaining your general health by boosting your immune system.

With regular consumption and combined with healthy diet, they also help to reduce belly fat – shaving inches off your waist and reduce the numbers on your weighing scale.

 

Tomatoes

 

Sweet and tangy ruby red fruit

 

Tomayto, tomahto. As blasé as this common phrase may seem, there’s nothing ‘common’ ‘about this ruby red fruit. They are held in high esteem by nutritionists around the world for its high content of lycopene – a powerful anti-cancer and anti-disease agent.

Lycopene is what gives tomatoes their ruby red pigment – also very effective in lowering cholesterol, minimising heart diseases, and reducing the risk of osteoporosis in women.

 They are particularly excellent for your bone health when consumed with healthy fat oils such as olive oil, as lycopene requires some form of fat to be better absorbed by your body.

 

Broccoli

 

Healthy little trees

 

As children, we hear our mothers telling us to eat broccolis in almost every meal – and for good reason. The first and only vegetable to make this list, broccoli is no doubt one of the healthiest and is arguably the most nutritious vegetable among all the green vegetables.

 Other than the fact that it is exceptionally high with antioxidants, it’s also enriched with vitamins C, A, K, D, numerous other minerals and also calcium for stronger bone mass.

This tree-like green vegetable is also capable of detoxifying your body with regular consumption, helping to reduce allergy reaction and promoting better health and well-being for your body.

 

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