So you want to know where to get the best sources of antioxidants? Well you’ve come to the right place. Here I go over the various good sources of antioxidants, how you get them, and why combining antioxidant rich foods with a supplement will allow you to get the most bang for your buck.
Side note: From personal experience, a body cleanse diet can be a good way to help you transition to a healthier way of eating and detoxify your body at the same time.
Where To Find Them
You’ll find the richest sources for all the antioxidants you’ll ever need in natural foods, ideally.
Why do I say ideally? There are 2 main reasons.
The first is because numerous studies show that industrialization and certain agricultural practices have caused the nutritional and antioxidant value of foods to decrease over time. An orange you eat today doesn’t have nearly the same amount of nutrients as an orange your grandparents ate.
This is due to the stripping away of nutrients in the soil from constant farming, the reliance of chemicals to fertilize the soil, and the prevalent use of pesticides... just a few reasons for this decrease in nutritional value.
Side Note: Studies have shown that one of the benefits of organic food is that they contain up to 40 percent more antioxidants than conventionally grown food, so try to eat organic as often as possible.
The second reason is the amount and how often you would have to eat each day to get the benefits of antioxidants. An example is with Vitamin E. It’s recommended to have at least 100mg/day to get their full benefits. This is almost impossible to get through food alone.
This can be both time consuming and expensive. Plus there are individuals who have food allergies or restrictions, difficulty with digestion (e.g. people with cancer, the elderly population), and those who just don’t eat that much.
The solution to this is using health supplements. Keep in mind that using supplements is not a substitute for a healthy diet. But they are a necessary source for the additional nutrients the modern diet lacks (contribution: Nutritional Supplements Health Guide).
I will admit that the nutrition industry has greatly evolved over time and there are some fantastic products out there. There are even network marketing companies that are offering great quality products with the science to back it up. Say what you want about network marketing companies, but in my experience the reputable few are delivering better products than what you’ll find in your typical retail store.
Although I favor eating natural foods, antioxidant supplementation is necessary to fight off free radicals and degenerative diseases. Just make sure you get your money’s worth.
The Best Sources of Antioxidants
Of all the food sources out there, the best sources of antioxidants come from fruits and vegetables. Not only do they have the antioxidants and nutrients we know about but they also have other benefits the scientific community has yet to discover.
With the vast amount of antioxidant rich foods to choose from, it can be confusing on where to start. I’m a big variety person and I recommend that everybody get a good mix of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet.
But not everybody has the time for this and not all foods are created equal. I go over various antioxidant rich foods and give my recommendation on whether to include them on a daily basis or if having them every once in a while is good enough (eg. pomegranate juice).
If you feel compelled to jump-start your antioxidant rich food diet today then be sure to include the following foods with antioxidants:
- Bell peppers (green, yellow, red bell peppers)
- Berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
- Broccoli and cauliflower
This is just a short list to get you started.
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