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.

Safety

  • 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
  • Pecans
  • Artichokes
  • Kidney beans
  • Cilantro
  • Herbs: cloves, cinnamon, oregano, turmeric, cumin, parsley, basil, ginger, thyme

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