5 Antioxidant Rich Foods

We’ve all been told eating foods that are full of antioxidants can lead to optimal health and wellness. But what are antioxidants? “By definition, antioxidants such as vitamins A and C are substances that can help prevent the effects of free radical damage in the body,” according to Dr. Joey Shulman – bestselling author and nutritionist. In other words, antioxidant rich foods can counterbalance the process of oxidation and cellular damage which contributes to cancer and other diseases.

“Although antioxidants are often promoted for an endless list of health benefits, they do not actually have a direct effect on weight loss. However, the foods that are rich in antioxidants are the same ones that can help you slim down,” according to Clay McNight – nutrition writer. “Many foods that are high in antioxidants are also low in calories, making them ideal for weight loss.”

Here are five nutritious and antioxidant rich foods that will help to reduce your risk towards cancer, while helping to maintain your healthy weight:

  1. Garlic. Studies have found that those who consume more garlic are less likely to develop different kinds of cancer, particularly in intestinal tissues such as the esophagus, stomach, and colon.
  2. Berries. Berries contain great antioxidants, along with compounds that may also help keep cancers from growing or spreading.
  3. Tomatoes. Tomatoes contain an exceptionally high amount of, the free radical-fighting antioxidant, lycopene.
  4. Cruciferous Vegetables. Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage may be particularly helpful in protecting you from cancer. Today, you can find many recipes in which mashed cauliflower can be used as a delicious substitute for mashed potatoes or even rice!
  5. Green Leafy Vegetables. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and lettuce are good sources of the antioxidants beta-carotene and lutein. You’ll also find these nutrients in vegetables that are more traditionally eaten cooked, like collard greens, mustard greens, and kale.

Of course, there are many other healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants, which aren’t referenced above. Leave a comment, with some of your additional favorites!