Help Your Body Stay Healthy
We all know that eating fruit is good for us – most of us have made that resolution to eat our five-a-day – but did you know some fruits are packed full of antioxidants too?
Even if you did, here’s our list of the nine best fruits to drop in your shopping basket if you’re looking to up your antioxidant intake:
- Blueberries. Wild blueberries are particularly high in antioxidants. Here in the US, the harvest usually lasts from around May/June and finishes at the end in summer, so this is the best period to get yourself some fresh, locally sourced blueberries. Just half a cup is enough to double the average person’s antioxidant intake and they’re full of vitamins and minerals to help you stay healthy. To illustrate their antioxidant capacity, one cup of wild blueberries contains approximately 340% of the antioxidants you’d find in a single Gala apple!
- Cranberries. As well as general vitamins and antioxidants, cranberries contain flavonoids, which our bodies are unable to produce naturally. It’s important to include flavonoids in your diet as they have been linked with a variety of benefits, including anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
- Raspberries. A rich source of vitamin C and manganese, one cup of raspberries contains a slightly higher capacity of antioxidants than the next fruit on our list…
- Strawberries. Great news for all you strawberry lovers – they’re not just one of the tastiest fruits out there, they’re good for you too. As well as a high concentration of antioxidants, strawberries are full of folic acid. Just try to resist dipping them in chocolate too often.
- Apples. The antioxidant capacity of apples varies depending on the variety. If you have the choice, Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples are among the best in terms of antioxidant content.
- Plums. Whether you eat them fresh or dried (in the form of prunes), plums are an excellent addition to your diet thanks to their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.
- Grapes. Another favorite for most people, red grapes in particular are high in antioxidants.
- Kiwi. Containing a high concentration of fiber, kiwi fruit also contains plenty of vitamin A and vitamin E – two very important antioxidants.
- Acai Berries. The final fruit on our list, acai berries are rising in popularity thanks to their antioxidant properties and overall versatility. A great addition to your breakfast routine, particularly if you fancy a change from adding blueberries to your cereal.
- BONUS: Popcorn. A naughty addition to our list perhaps, but popcorn is rich in antioxidants. It’s probably not a good idea to use it as a replacement for the other fruits we’ve listed, but it’s nice to know that if you eat popcorn occasionally while watching a movie it’s not completely unhealthy! Although we would advise passing on the butter…
Hopefully this will help you to get enough antioxidants to fight the free radicals that can do so much harm to your body. If you’re interested in health supplements, you should check out the range of amazing products on our website, or click here for more information on antioxidant foods.
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