Antioxidants are compounds produced in the body as well as being found in foods, usually plant-based. These compounds defend our bodies from free radicals, which are molecules that accumulate naturally in the body and also due to external factors such as exposure to cigarette smoke and radiation. The free radicals cause oxidative stress, which increases the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, strokes and cancer. Antioxidants neutralise this oxidative stress to boost overall health.
These are a few foods that contain antioxidants, and each one contains a link to a recipe:
- Blueberries - richest source of antioxidants
- Strawberries - another highly concentrated antioxidant fruit
- Plums - choose black plums for the best source
- Oranges - packed full of Vitamin C
- Grapes - go for red ones, the skin is rich in antioxidants
- Cherries - found to slow down the ageing process
- Mangoes - great source of Vitamin A
- Kale - a superfood with cancer-preventing abilities
- Spinach - one of the greatest antioxidants
- Broccoli - one of the most concentrated sources of Vitamin C
This week is Nutrition & Hydration Week in the UK. Why not use this time to reevaluate your diet, and try and add more of these antioxidants in for a healthy, happy life.