Antioxidants and Super Foods

Super Foods and Antioxidants  

One of the best ways to keep your immune system strong is to shop your supermarket’s produce aisle.

Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients called antioxidants that are good for your immune system — and the rest of you.

What to Eat

Add more fruit and vegetables of any kind to your diet. It’ll help your health. Some foods are higher in antioxidants than others, though.

The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. You’ll find them in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow hues.

Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: Apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon

Vitamin C: Berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mangoes, nectarines, orange, papaya, red, green, or yellow peppers, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes

Vitamin E: Broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seed

These foods are also rich in antioxidants:

Prunes                                              Plums                                  

Apples                                     Red Grapes                            

Raisins                                    Red grapes

Alfalfa sprouts                       Onions

All berries                               Eggplant

Beans

Other antioxidants that can help keep you healthy include:

  • Zinc: Found in oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals, and dairy products
  • Selenium: Found in Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, fortified breads, and other grain products

Cooking tip: To get the biggest benefits of antioxidants, eat these foods raw or lightly steamed. Don’t overcook or boil them.

Get what you can first from your diet; I believe supplements like Macro Greens and Miracles Reds are a great way to make sure you are covering all your bases. They are very reasonably priced and all natural. I have label information and pricing available to send if you would like more information.

Toni@betabfit.com

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