Antioxidants – What You Need To Know

Antioxidants – What You Need To Know

Antioxidants are crucial to protecting your body against free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive unstable compounds that react with other compounds by stealing electrons in order to gain stability. In simple terms, free radicals steal to help themselves but cause damage from where they have stolen.

Free radicals are caused by many things such as; pollution, stress, alcohol, radiation, cigarette smoke, pesticides, sun exposure and more, fundamentally we are being exposed to free radical causing scenarios in most of our day to day lives.

To protect against free radicals you need antioxidants, which can be found in many different foods such as; fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans. This highlights the importance of eating a nutritional, balanced and varied diet in order to keep you healthy.

Antioxidants are available to us in many forms but the most popular are the ‘ace’ vitamins. Vitamins A, C and E are all antioxidants, which help to neutralise free radicals that are in the body. These vitamins eradicate the damaging chain-reaction effect of free radicals, which would eventually lead to cellular damage.

Here are 10 high Antioxidant foods that you should try to add to your diet:

1) Goji berries
25,000 ORAC Score

2) Wild blueberries
14,000 ORAC Score

3) Dark Chocolate
21,000 ORAC Score

4) Pecans
17,000 ORAC Score

5) Artichoke
9,400 ORAC Score

6) Elderberries
14,000 ORAC Score

7) Kidney Beans
8,400 ORAC Score

8) Cranberries
9,500 ORAC Score

9) Blackberries
5,300 ORAC Score

10) Cilantro
5,100 ORAC Score