The Best Foods for a Better You
If you’re looking to increase your antioxidant intake and improve your health, one of the easiest ways is by eating plenty of antioxidant rich foods.
Though supplements are really effective, it’s also important to eat right if you’re trying to keep healthy, and it might surprise you just how many different foods are packed full of antioxidants. We’ve already listed our Top 9 Antioxidant Fruits (with a cheeky bonus at number 10), so in this post we’ll look at other types of foods that also happen to be bursting with antioxidants.
1. Broccoli – loved and maligned all around the world, I definitely fall into the first category as broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables. So it’s great to know that it’s also one of the most nutritious vegetables you’ll find. More vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than a glass of milk, and packed with disease-fighting chemicals too.
2. Garlic – another for our list that tends to divide people. Some can’t get enough garlic; others can’t stand even the smallest amount. Raw garlic has been used as a natural antibiotic for centuries, works as an anti-fungal and antiviral agent, and contains vitamins A, B, and C, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, iodine, selenium, and potassium.
3. Green Tea – ahh, tea. Loved for thousands of years for its relaxing properties, it’s also a wonderful antioxidant. It contains large quantities of catechin polyphenols, which works alongside other chemicals in the body to increase thermogenesis and fat oxidation. This makes it a formidable weight loss aid.
4. Tomatoes – okay, okay, technically a fruit, but tomatoes definitely belong on a list of antioxidant foods. They’re filled with lycopene, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
5. Kale – a great addition to your diet. Not only does it contain lutein, but just a single cup also contains over 200% of your daily recommended vitamin A, and over 100% of your recommended vitamin C. That’s quick and efficient vitamin intake!
6. Bell Peppers – I bet you thought oranges were a top source of vitamin C, right? Well they are, of course, but a bell pepper contains even more vitamin C than an orange. You’ll also get a decent intake of vitamin A and E.
7. Corn – whenever I eat corn, it tastes so good that I always think it just has to be bad for me. Not so. It contains lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin C, making it an excellent antioxidant supplement.
8. Spinach – Popeye’s favorite is really versatile, going well with all kinds of foods, and contains high amounts of lutein, as well as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin.
9. BONUS: Red Wine – this list wouldn’t have seemed complete without a guilty little bonus on the end. Red wine is packed with antioxidants and is known to be great for you – in moderation. It contains phenols, tannins, resveratrol, and bioflavonoids, so you can take extra pleasure in that glass of red wine knowing it’s doing your body a lot of good, as well as tasting wonderful.
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