What are antioxidants?
To put it simply, antioxidants prevent our cells from free radicals. Free radicals can be breathed in through damaging chemicals in the environment (such as smoking), antioxidants slow down the oxidation process, preventing damage to our cells.
Well what damage are we talking about exactly?
- Skin cells – speeding up the aging process
- Organs – decreasing the functions of our organs and slowing down their efficiency
- Immune system – fighting harder to keep viruses away
Where can you find antioxidants?
Antioxidants are most commonly found in plant-based products such as fruits, vegetables, herbal tea’s and even chocolate too!
Berries in particular are rich in antioxidants, but – do not juice them. Juicing fruits leaves behind 80% of the nutrients, it’s important to eat them whole or blended in with a smoothie.
Want to know which fruits contain the most antioxidants? Cut the fruit open and see how long it stays fresh for! You’ll notice that bananas and apples start to go brown pretty quickly, which means that they contain less antioxidants.
Other foods sources are
- Pecan nuts
- Kidney beans
- Russet potato
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