Antioxidants play an important role in your health. They inhibit oxidation of other molecules, preventing free radicals and the negative chain reactions they can produce in the body such as cellular and DNA damage.
Oxidative stress has been implicated in diseases such as sickle cell disease, arthlerosclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, heart failure, myocardial infarction, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and chronic fatigue syndrome.
That is why it is important to eat a diet that is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A (synthesized from beta-carotene) C and E as well as phytochemicals like flavonoids and carotenoids.
So, where can you find these health-supporting antioxidants? I’m sure you’re thinking about berries such as blueberries, acai berry, grapes and strawberries.
What you might not know is that every fresh fruit and vegetable has antioxidants. Even foods like carrots, pinto beans, black beans, artichoke hearts and pecans contain antioxidants.
You shouldn’t worry about getting enough antioxidants in your diet as long as you eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Just one green smoothie each day will dramatically increase the amount of antioxidants in your diet. There is no need for antioxidant supplements when you can get them from fresh, whole fruits and vegetables!
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