Information about antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells and are caused she your body breaks down foods or is exposed to radiation or tobacco smoke. These free radicals are linked to certain diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

Antioxidants include:
• Beta-Carotene
• Lutein
• Lycopene
• Selenium
• Vitamin A
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E

Where can I find these antioxidants? The best source is from whole foods, not a pill! Here are some examples:

sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach, turnip greens, collard greens, thyme and cilantro

eggs, kale, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, zucchini, corn

tomato, pink grapefruit, watermelon, guava

tuna, shrimp, cod, halibut, sardines, lamb, salmon, button mushrooms, mustard seeds, brazil nuts

Vitamin A
sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, egg, apricot, liver, carrot, cheddar cheese, broccoli, kale, dandelion greens

Vitamin C
papaya, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, pineapple, brussels sprouts, kiwi, oranges, cantaloupe, kale

Vitamin E
sunflower seeds, almods, spinach, chard, turnip greens, papaya, asparagus, bell peppers

There are plenty of foods on this list from which to get all of your anti-oxidants! This is only the tip of the iceberg. I would suggest searching for your own combinations of high anti-oxidant foods. This is a great starting list, and I would encourage trying to eat a wide variety of all of these foods to ensure you are getting the full array of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.