Good Sources Of Antioxidant

Dietary sources play a very important role as our body cannot produce enough antioxidant on its own. A continuous flow of food is required to keep our body fighting the free radicals.The following list represents the easily available antioxidant rich food.

carrotVitamin A is found in dairy and meat. But more Vitamin A is found in carrot, spinach, and kale . 100 grams, of cooked carrots, contains 341 percent of the recommended daily value. The same amount of sweet potato has about 380 percent of DV. So next time maybe instead of that yogurt you can grab 10 carrots and enjoy a good amount of Vit. A

 

Tri Color PepperVitamin C is found in kiwi, papaya, oranges, grapefruit and cantaloupe. When one thinks of Vit. c it automatically coincides with citrus fruits but that’s not true. Green pepper and red pepper is a better source of Vit. C. one-half cup of red pepper contains 142 milligrams of Vit C. The recommended share is only 75 mg for ladies and 90 mg for adult men.

 

nutsVitamin E is found in nuts , seeds, and oils. It includes almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, peanuts, and pine nut. Oils such as soybean, sunflower, corn and canola oils have a good amount of Vit E. An avocado has 4.2 mg of Vit E.You can snack on a handful of nuts and take a good amount of antioxidants in a healthy way.

 

 

spinachkaleBeta-carotene protects from UV damage .It is found in dark green, yellow ,orange colorful fruits and vegetables like carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, peaches, pumpkin, apricots, broccoli and squash. It can also be found in some leafy green vegetables, including beet greens, turnip greens ,spinach, and kale.

 

food-wood-tomatoesSelenium is a powerful cancer-fighting antioxidant.It is found in cereals (corn, wheat, and rice), nuts, legumes, animal products (beef, fish, turkey, chicken &eggs) and garlic. Lycopene is found in pink and red colored fruits and vegetables, such as pink grapefruit,pink guava, watermelon, apricots, and tomatoes.

 

A diet rich in colorful veggies and fruits is the perfect mix for increasing antioxidants intake in the daily diet.How did you increase your intake of antioxidant-rich food ? Do comment below.

 

What Are Antioxidants

Nowadays we hear everybody telling us that our body needs antioxidants.But did you ever wonder what they are? Why are they important ? And what form do they come in? To your surprise antioxidants are present in what we eat. But to understand how they work for our body we need to know what antioxidant actually means .

Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances which counter the effect of free radicals in our body.It reverses the effect of oxidization.It is nothing scary but the cells in our body are exposed to oxygen as we breathe and step out in the sun.The body chemicals get altered resulting in free radicals that if left untouched damages parts of the body.Antioxidants can protect and reverse the damage of free radicals.

Our body produces antioxidants on its own but that’s not enough.It is advised to have a diet rich in antioxidants as free radicals multiply fast and once an Anti-oxidant has neutralized a free radical it looses its power to do it again.This being said we need to keep a constant supply of Anti-oxidants to keep our body safe and healthy.

Antioxidants are of three types enzymes, vitamins, and phytochemicals.Enzymes come from the protein and minerals we eat as part of our daily diets. Antioxidant enzymes require co-factors such as iron, copper, selenium, magnesium, and zinc to provide optimum antioxidant activity.

Common antioxidant vitamins include vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, and beta-carotene.The human body does not produce antioxidant vitamins naturally, so it is essential to include dietary sources of them in our daily intake of food.Vitamin A is essential for good vision, bone growth, reproduction cell functions, and the immune system. Vitamin C helps maintain healthy collagen in the skin, repair damaged tissue, protect the skin from UV damage, promote healthy teeth and bones, and promotes better iron absorption.Vitamin E helps boost the immune system , maintains healthy blood vessels and improves skin conditions.Folic acid is important for women of childbearing years.Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, they are highly pigmented as the colors of orange, red, and yellow. Beta-carotene converts to retinol, which is required for a person’s vision.

Phytochemicals are the antioxidants that are naturally used by plants to protect themselves against free radicals .Plants are exposed to UV light all throughout the day,they have a natural built-in protection system that prevents the free radicals from causing the cellular damage. Phytochemicals are found in natural whole foods, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

I hope this post gives an idea to what antioxidants are and their importance.If you have any questions and queries please comment below or email me at saraliciousfield@gmail.com

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