What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are molecules that come from vitamins (A, C, & E), minerals (selenium), and flavonoids (plant nutrients that contain anti-inflammatory benefits found in tea, red wine, and cocoa).
What do antioxidants do?
- Antioxidants protect your body’s cells from free radical (potentially cancer-causing molecules) damage caused by pollutants, the body’s breakdown of some medications,, general bodily functions (such as burning sugars for energy), and cellular oxidative stress.
- Promote Skin Health- protect the skin from premature aging, pollutants, and sun damage.
- Immune System Support- protect cell membranes and DNA from mutations.
- Antioxidants also maintain eye, heart, and brain health and may protect from some cancers.
- The safest and most healthy way to consume antioxidants is through a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. It is best to “eat the rainbow”- eat a variety of colors in your diet to maximize antioxidant intake!
- Antioxidant supplements may contain additives, which could cause harmful side effects.
What are the best food sources for antioxidants?
- Acai berries, goji berries, elderberries, and blackberries
- Dark chocolate
- Kidney beans
- Herbs: cloves, cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, cumin, parsley, basil, ginger, thyme