Are You Supplementing With Antioxidants?
With research and information growing by the day regarding antioxidants, more and more we’re discovering the importance of these little guys! Once a miniscule part of our nutritional guidelines, more attention is being paid to antioxidants than ever before. For good reason too! These are the protectors of our cells. It’s antioxidants that keep those unstable free radicals from doing much, if any damage.Without them, we’d be in a castle with no moat.
Big deal right? Some measly free-radicals can’t do all that much? Well.. these things are stronger than you might think! Without an antioxidant to stabilize them, free-radicals can do an immense amount of damage even leading to cancer. With that kind of damage completely preventable, why not prevent it?
Antioxidants come in all shapes and sizes coming mainly from super nutritious fruits, but can be found across the board in all food groups. To make sure your getting the correct amount, of antioxidants make sure to have your antioxidant levels checked regularly. The Revelar is the best device on the market and by far the one that I would recommend. Which foods are rich in antioxidants?
Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables, as well as in other foods including nuts, grains, and some meats, poultry, and fish. The list below describes food sources of common antioxidants.
Beta-carotene is found in many foods that are orange in color, including sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, squash, apricots, pumpkin, and mangos. Some green, leafy vegetables, including collard greens, spinach, and kale, are also rich in beta-carotene.
Lutein, best known for its association with healthy eyes, is abundant in green, leafy vegetables such as collard greens, spinach, and kale.
Lycopene is a potent antioxidant found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, apricots, pink grapefruit, blood oranges, and other foods. Estimates suggest 85 percent of American dietary intake of lycopene comes from tomatoes and tomato products.
Selenium is a mineral, not an antioxidant nutrient. However, it is a component of antioxidant enzymes. Plant foods like rice and wheat are the major dietary sources of selenium in most countries. The amount of selenium in soil, which varies by region, determines the amount of selenium in the foods grown in that soil. Animals that eat grains or plants grown in selenium-rich soil have higher levels of selenium in their muscle. In the United States, meats and bread are common sources of dietary selenium. Brazil nuts also contain large quantities of selenium.
Vitamin A is found in three main forms: retinol (Vitamin A1), 3,4-didehydroretinol (Vitamin A2), and 3-hydroxy-retinol (Vitamin A3). Foods rich in vitamin A include liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, milk, egg yolks, and mozzarella cheese.
Vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid, and can be found in high abundance in many fruits and vegetables and is also found in cereals, beef, poultry, and fish.
Vitamin E, also known as alpha-tocopherol, is found in almonds, in many oils including wheat germ, safflower, corn, and soybean oils, and is also found in mangos, nuts, broccoli, and other foods.