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10 Best Antioxidant Rich Foods
Anyone who follows health news knows the benefits of antioxidant foods. Antioxidants are valued for their amazing ability to fight aging, cancer, and heart disease. Want to know which foods have the highest antioxidant levels? Check out our list of the top 10.
Although all beans have terrific health benefits but did you know that the more colorful the beans, the higher the antioxidant levels? Its’ true! Beans have as many as eight compounds called flavonoids, that act as natural dyes and give fruits and vegetables their colors. It’s the flavonoids that act as antioxidants. Red and black beans have the highest antioxidant levels around. Find ways to work them into your daily diet for best health benefits.
You can’t beat blueberries for good health. They are packed full of a plant chemical called anthocyanins which, not only give these fruits their color but they help protect you from heart disease. Blueberries also have a positive effect on reducing blood sugar levels as well as improving night vision.
Doctors have stated for year that cranberries can keep bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and thus help you avoid infection but now they are also pointing out that cranberries are very high in antioxidants as well as other phytonutirents that play an important part in protecting you from memory loss, cancer, and heart disease, just to name a few.
Besides being packed with fiber, vitamin C, and folates, artichokes are low in sodium as well as calories and loaded with antioxidants. For beginners who aren’t quite sure how to cook or eat them, there are artichokes in a jar to help you get by until you get the hang of it.
5. Blackberries and Raspberries
Both of these tasty fruits are loaded with polyphenolic and anthocyanins, which give them their antioxidant properties. They are rich in vitamin C and fiber. Fresh, organic raspberries have been used to fight arthritis pain as well as reducing inflammation.
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