Food Antioxidants for Great Skin and Anti-Aging
Can Antioxidants really make a difference?
Have you ever wondered if eating foods high in antioxidants will better your health or make you age better in the long run? If you have then this post will answer some of it for you – here’s the What, Why and Where of Food Antioxidants.
The ‘What’ – Let’s face it, there are articles and studies galore telling us that all the ‘ready-made fast foods’ are full of preservatives that aren’t good for our long term health. Getting back to the basics of eating is the best way to ensure you age (period) and look and feel the best you possibly can while you are aging.
Food Antioxidants work to repair and rid the body of free radicals. The vitamins, minerals and nutrients found in high antioxidant foods protect and repair the cells from the damage of free radicals. Free radicals are caused by processed foods, daily stress, air pollution, cigarette smoke and fumes, inflammation, radiation such as UV rays from the sun, industrial chemicals and prescription & recreational drugs to name a few.
The ‘Why’ – When we fight off free radicals with food antioxidants we are boosting our immune system by keeping it strong so it can ward off sickness infections and many chronic diseases in today’s world.
The ‘Where’ – Fruits, Vegetables and a number of other foods contain immune boosting antioxidants and are readily available in your local supermarket or health food store.
Food Antioxidants are scored on the ORAC Scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) and the following list of foods are ranked high on the ORAC scale and found most readily in the supermarket or health food stores. Fruit – raspberry, blueberry, cranberry, plums, apple, pomegranate, peaches, dates, cherry. Vegetables – artichoke, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, sweet potato. Other foods rich in antioxidants – Spices such as clove, oregano, turmeric, cinnamon, parsley and many more. Cacao Nibs – ranked very high and amazing when added to shakes. Nuts – walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds.
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