Food for Thought: Soak up Antioxidants

Antioxidants are a hot topic these days. According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants are chemicals that block the activity of other chemicals known as free radicals.

antioxidantFree radicals are highly reactive and cause damage to cells, including damage that may lead to cancer and most other diseases.

Antioxidants are made naturally by the body, and you can get more through food and dietary supplements.

By eating foods rich in antioxidants, it’s possible to prevent many diseases, enhance our immune system and reduce the physical effects of aging.

Incorporating low-fat, plant-based foods can be essential to wellness and disease prevention. Overall, there isn’t one food that can help prevent disease, but healthy diets are important for general well-being and weight control, as well as lower our risk of disease.

Here are some ways to add antioxidants to your diet:

Eat more fruits and vegetables — especially those rich in color and leafy greens. Make a smoothie, and add veggies to omelets, tomato sauces and whole-grain pasta dishes. Adults need to aim to eat 9 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Go nuts. You can incorporate nuts and berries into oatmeal or whole-grain cereals, or make homemade trail mixes with seeds and dried fruit. Snacking on raw nuts has proven health benefits.

Drink green tea. Tea’s health benefits are largely due to its high content of flavonoids. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including skin, breast, lung and bladder.

Whole-food supplement. Instead of traditional vitamin supplements take one proven to provide a wide range of antioxidants from plants.

You can read more on antioxidants and watch my webinar Fueling For Peak Performance.

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