Antioxidants are one of the most powerful tools you can use against the aging process. Although aging happens to all of us, there are things you can do to slow or decelerate the process. Each day, as we go about our lives, we are exposed to external and internal processes that result in free radical damage to the healthy cells of our body. Simply put, free radicals are highly reactive atoms that attach themselves to healthy cells, causing damage. As healthy cells are continually exposed to free radicals, the damage continues to accumulate.
So what can you do to keep your cells healthy and operating at optimum levels? Increase your dietary intake of foods high in antioxidants.
Antioxidants are like a vacuum to free radicals, essentially neutralizing and removing them from your system as they are processed through the body. Below are some of the foods with the highest levels of antioxidants.
- Foods high in Vitamin E – nuts, seeds, fish oils, legumes, whole grains
- Foods high in Vitamin C – citrus fruits, green peppers, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe, strawberries
- Foods high in Beta Carotene – spinach, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes
- Foods high in polyphenolic compounds – berries, grapes, green tea, red wine, chocolate
Ideally your diet should be varied and colorful, full of fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts that will supply a rich source of antioxidants to the body.
So fill your plate with antioxidant rich foods, and help slow that inevitable aging from within!
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