What are antioxidants?

25th May 2018PureNakedVegan

Antioxidants are molecules which safely interact with free radicals so preventing free radical damage.

There are several enzymes systems in our body which neutralise free radicals but the main antioxidants are

Vitamin E – Nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables, wheatgerm and sweet potatoes.

Vitamin C – Citrus Fruits, broccoli, peppers, spinach, kale, cabbage, watercress, strawberries, tomatoes, Kiwi and Melons

Betacarotene – Carrots, pumpkins, broccoli, spinach, squash, tomatoes, apricots, peaches, melons, sweet potatoes

Selenium – Molasses, Mushrooms and cabbage. Available in many animal derived items like tuna, cod, herring, chicken and cottage cheese.

The body can not manufacture these micronutrients you need to feed your body with them.

Primarily antioxidants are found in plant foods: vegetables, fruits, pulses, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Understanding free radicals and antioxidants

Foods High in Antioxidants – Which Food Has Most Antioxidants – Highest Source of Antioxidants

Which Food Has Most Antioxidants? You Won’t Believe The Answer!

More Reading:

Free radicals, antioxidants, and functional foods: Impact on human health

 

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