Antioxidants. Why are they so important?
Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in foods and supplements which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage to cells and tissue in our bodies. Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. When we say something has antioxidant properties, it means that it protects cells from the daily toxic stress of oxidation.
Many health problems can be attributed to oxidative damage. A recent study conducted by researchers from London found that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of stroke by 25 percent. Antioxidants may also enhance immune defense.
Here is a chart of the foods that are highest in antioxidant potential.
|Rank||Food item||Serving size||Total antioxidant capacity|
|1||Small Red Bean (dried)||Half cup||13,727|
|2||Wild blueberry||1 cup||13,427|
|3||Red kidney bean (dried)||Half cup||13,259|
|4||Pinto bean||Half cup||11,864|
|5||Blueberry (cultivated)||1 cup||9,019|
|6||Cranberry||1 cup (whole)||8,983|
|7||Artichoke (cooked)||1 cup (hearts)||7,904|
|9||Dried Prune||Half cup||7,291|
|12||Red Delicious apple||One||5,900|
|13||Granny Smith apple||One||5,381|
|15||Sweet cherry||1 cup||4,873|
|17||Russet potato (cooked)||One||4,649|
|18||Black bean (dried)||Half cup||4,181|
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