The Best Antioxidant Foods and Why You Need Them
If you've been reading any articles about improving your health, you've no doubt come across the topic of antioxidants and how they prevent free radical damage to your body. If you're unfamiliar with what free radicals are, there is a well-written explanation in this article. Basically free radicals cause damage to your cells by “stealing” from other healthy cells. Your immune system sometimes creates and uses free radicals to neutralize viruses and bacteria, but they can also cause damage to your cells, leading to serious health conditions such as cancer and heart disease.
Antioxidants are food and vitamin sources that can stop free radical damage to the body, and just as there are doctors who specialize in certain areas of medicine, so are there antioxidants which specialize in certain areas of the body:
- Some research indicates that berries can reduce the risk of certain cancers, and are good for heart health.
- Vitamin C protects the plasma in your body, and red bell peppers are an excellent source.
- Lutein-rich peaches support healthy vision.
- Plums are good for cell damage.
- There's research suggesting garlic can help prevent degenerative brain diseases.
- Tomatoes, which are rich in lycopene, are good for healthy bones.
- Rich in vitamins A and C and lutein, kale and collard greens can lower your cholesterol and protect your liver, heart and other body systems.
Take charge of your health by making a few smart choices in your diet!