Eating foods with antioxidants can help you boost your immune system, support disease prevention functions in the body, and can even improve skin and hair health. All these things are important as winter settles in and cold/flu season tries to bring you down.
Here are a few of the foods that are excellent sources of antioxidants:
By far the best way to get your daily dose of antioxidants is by eating lots of berries. Blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, cranberries and others are packed with them. That’s one of the reasons Redd decided to use so many berries in our bars. The nutrient dense superfood berries we use help support the immune system and keep us healthy.
A recent study showed that cocoa and dark chocolate contained more antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than other foods they tested. Not only that, but dark chocolate has a larger variety of different antioxidants, far more than most other foods. This makes it more effective in fighting off dangerous free radicals.
Among the best sources of antioxidants are not just foods themselves, but the spices we cook with. Cinnamon, tumeric, clove, oregano, cumin and ginger are also dense in antioxidants. Cook with spices liberally to get the most powerful healthy meals.
You probably already know nuts are good for you. Eating a handful between meals is a good way to stave off hunger. But you may not know how powerful they can be in supporting your immune system. Walnuts in particular boast the highest quality, or potency, of antioxidants. They have been measured to be 2-15 times more potent than vitamin E.
Green tea is known for it’s high levels of antioxidants. Other teas like black tea and Yerba Mate also are excellent sources of the immune boosting nutrients.
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