How to make the most of antioxidant-rich foods

Antioxidants are a good way to reduce inflammation, strengthen your body’s immune system and reduce the side effects of aging. Here are a few ways to make the most of the antioxidants rich food that you eat.

Avoid foods rich in refined carbohydrates and sugars – These will spike your blood sugar and generate free radicals.

Limit processed meats – These include foods like sausages, bacon, and salami. These foods have preservatives, which leads to the production of free radicals.

Do not reuse cooking fats and oils – When oils and fats are reused, the free radicals in the oils seeps into the foods.

Limit alcohol – Alcohol can cause the production of free radicals in the body, which will make you more likely to get ill.

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Eat foods rich in antioxidants – Antioxidants are found in a variety of plants. Reach for plants that are rich in vitamins A, C and E, selenium and certain phytonutrients and polyphenols. You should also look for foods with carotene, lycopene, and lutein, which are found in broccoli flowers, alfalfa sprouts, Brussels sprouts, carrots, collard greens, corn, mango, and tomatoes.

Fruit for dessert – Choose fruits like cantaloupe, cherries, grapefruit, kiwi, papaya, red grapes, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries, instead of sugary cakes, pies, and candies.

Nuts are good – Reach for nuts, which are a good source of vitamin E.

Antioxidants – Antioxidants can also be found in vegetables like onions, eggplant, lettuce, turnip greens, soybeans, milk, cheese, tofu, and miso.