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Eat More Super Foods

By on December 21, 2013

No matter what your age, we all want our bodies to be better, be healthier, and for as long as possible. In addition to maintaining a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, there are some “boosters” we can add to the mix to help our case. Antioxidants.

Antioxidants are near super food components that can really help minimize risk of some illnesses. In fact, a body of research shows that these substances could help the body fight some cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease by thwarting the action of harmful free radicals. There are several sources of antioxidant-rich foods we think you should check out during your next trip to the grocery store.

Blackberries 5,75 millimoles per 100g serving

Blackberries give an antioxidant kick of 5,75 millimoles per serving.

Blackberries are also fat-free, and a source of folic acid and vitamin C, so there’s no holding back. Eat them fresh, juice them, add them into smoothies, etc. You cannot go wrong here and you can freeze blackberries and use them all year round.

Walnuts 3,72 millimoles per 100g serving

Nuts are great health foods – they’re cholesterol-free, generally low in sodium and a great source of vitamins and minerals. But in terms of antioxidant content, walnuts seem to beat the rest of the nut family with 3,72 millimoles per serving. Toss these nuts into salads, mix them into muesli, or include them in rice pudding or apple tart. Just make sure that you have no more than a handful of walnuts per day.

Strawberries 3,58 millimoles per 100g serving

Strawberries are so low in calories that you can eat as much as you like without giving your weight a second thought. So enjoy!

Cloves, ground 2,64 millimoles per 100g serving

Who would have thought that cloves, a great addition to anything from chicken dishes to holiday treats, could have special health-boosting properties? This spice made the antioxidant list – and with good reason. It contains 2,64 millimoles of antioxidants per 100g serving.

Cranberry juice 2,47 millimoles per 100g serving

Cranberries have strong anti-inflammatory effects and are particularly useful in preventing urinary tract infections. While fresh, raw cranberries are too tart to eat, cranberry juice is the ideal way to tap the benefits of this fruit. Try to drink a small glass of cranberry juice every day – especially if you’re prone to urinary tract infections.

Other great sources of antioxidants include artichokes, red cabbage, red leaf lettuce, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, coffee, and chocolate. Yes, chocolate. Here’s to a healthier you.

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