Eating Foods High In Antioxidants Would Do This To Your Body

Hey there, viewers. Many of us eat foods for various health reasons,
but do you ever eat them specifically for the antioxidant benefits? Antioxidants are compounds that block the
oxidation process, which allows free radicals to spread within your system and cause damage
to cells. When oxidation is slowed down or stopped,
it can reduce your chances of disease. Most notably heart disease and cancer. Today we’re going to be talking about 9
foods with the highest amount of antioxidants. Let’s increase your wellness. From nuts, to berries, to even chocolate,
we’re talking all that AND more… Raspberries When was the last time you had one of these? Raspberries are a terrific source of antioxidants. So terrific, we just had to start our list
with them. A raspberry’s Vitamin C content is enough
to make you stand back and think, “I need a little more of this in my life.” Did you know that just half a cup of raspberry
contains 27% of your daily Vitamin C intake? This nutrient protects your immune system,
while fighting off various diseases. Vitamin C can even slow down the aging process,
as your skin will not wrinkle as quickly. Along with Vitamin C, raspberries also carry
a powerful flavonoid known as anthocyanins. This helps lower oxidative stress and inflammation
from taking your body over, eventually lowering your risk of heart disease. If you’re not a raspberry enthusiast, try
this on for size. One study from 2010 focused on a test tube
carrying cancerous cells. In the end, 90% of the stomach, breast and
colon cancer cells were killed off by the antioxidants from raspberries. This is all the more reason to pick up a serving
from the grocery store. Red Cabbage This may be a left turn, but red cabbage has
some of the same antioxidant effects as raspberries, plus more! While it may not be blessed with the same
sweet taste raspberries enjoy, it’s still a wise food choice. Red cabbage has more than four times the amount
of antioxidants as regular cabbage. 85% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin
C is found in a single cup of red cabbage. Not only does it contain great Vitamin C content,
red cabbage also has lots of Vitamin A. This nutrient helps to improve your vision, as
well as cleanse the immune system. Anthocyanins are also available in red cabbage,
boosting the condition of your heart. Before hearing this, red cabbage may not have
been a welcome addition to your dinner plate. We’re sure hoping it is now though. Strawberries We’re well aware that red cabbage isn’t
exactly a “treat” in most households. So let’s talk about something that is. Strawberries are among the most popular fruits
out there, but the strength of their numerous antioxidants remains underappreciated. Just a single cup carries 149% of your daily
intake of Vitamin C. Now that’s a healthy immune system. One serving packs more Vitamin C than a whole
orange. The anthocyanins found in strawberries help
lower your level of LDL. This stands for low-density lipoprotein, also
known as “bad” cholesterol. It is then replaced with HDL, high-density
lipoprotein, which is referred to as “good” cholesterol. So if you don’t already have a serving of
strawberries waiting in your refrigerator, make sure you snag some on your next visit
to the supermarket. Artichoke Alright, we’re switching back over to another
not-so-fun food. You may not be as familiar with artichokes
as strawberries or cabbage, but I assure you it’s a food to watch out for in the antioxidant
department. These funny looking green veggies actually
play an important role in history. Containing a bunch of the contents we have
discussed already, artichokes were used in ancient times as a cure for jaundice. It’s liquid extract has also been documented
to assist the liver in cell regeneration. In the medical world, artichokes are well-known
for their high concentration of chlorogenic acid. This antioxidant has been shown to reduce
inflammation and lower your risk of diabetes, cancer and other diseases. Now I understand that artichoke isn’t your
first choice in a healthy vegetable. But if any of your medical concerns involve
your heart and blood pressure, or cancer, artichoke is a must-have. Walnuts If you have any knowledge on the topic of
antioxidants, you had to have known at least one type of nut would appear sooner or later. Walnuts have the highest amount of antioxidants
among all nuts. Twice as many in fact. The polyphenols in walnuts essentially go
to war against the free radicals in your body. The walnut’s ellagic acid content reduces
your risk of various cancers and heart disease. Several more walnut antioxidants work to improve
your heart health. These include cetachin and melatonin. While roasting them over the campfire does
seem tempting, this is actually not the way to go. If you are going to eat walnuts, make sure
you eat them raw and uncooked. Heating up walnuts reduces the effects of
the antioxidants. This is just a word of advice for those looking
to step up their health game! Are you enjoying this so far? Let’s keep things rolling with another fun
food that you enjoy… Before we continue, are you concerned about
your overall health? Perhaps you should check out our recent video
discussing What Your Ears Say About Your Health and How To Protect Them. What about the condition of your child’s
health? Click on our clip discussing Health Symptoms
In Children That Indicate a More Serious Disease. Now back to our list of Foods With the Highest
Amount of Antioxidants. Dark Chocolate While some prefer milk chocolate, dark chocolate
is more of a friend to us than we like to give credit. Remember LDL and HDL? Dark chocolate works with your cholesterol
and lowers oxidative stress in order to reduce your risk of heart disease. Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols and
catechins. In fact, dark chocolate’s antioxidant value
is greater than that of some fruits. Flavanols found in dark chocolate improve
your flow of blood as well as the elasticity of your arteries. This decreases your blood pressure and improves
the health of your heart. So the next time you have the choice between
milk chocolate and dark, hopefully this list will serve as a good enough reference. If you’re not a chocolate person, no worries. This next one is almost impossible to resist. Blueberries This is another amazing berry no health junky
should be going without. Blueberries contain the highest amount of
antioxidants among fruits and vegetables. You saw your grandfather pick them when you
were a kid. Now it’s your turn. Antioxidants found in blueberries delay the
natural decline in cognitive function that happens as you age. This is when your brain is no longer able
to operate as sharply as it did years before, often leading to dementia or Alzheimer’s
disease. Blueberry’s anthocyanins also work to reduce
your risk of heart disease. There are just so many benefits for blueberries
to offer. If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity
this summer, grab a basket and pick some out. Spinach You hate me don’t you? I know, when you hear the word “spinach”,
you probably get flashbacks of your mom shouting at you to finish it off your dinner plate. Well to be honest, she’s right in doing
so. Popeye’s favourite food is an antioxidant
treasure chest! Spinach fights against free radicals and repairs
your eyesight from any damage that may have been done. You have the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin
to thank for this. They work to defend your eyes from cataracts
and degeneration, stopping you from going blind. Eating spinach regularly can also reduce the
risk of cancer, specifically breast and prostate. In one study from 2010, consumption of spinach
slowed down the growth of a tumour. So if you’re reluctant to revisit this not
so pleasant-looking food item, you may want to review the evidence. Spinach dominates free radicals and fights
some of the worst diseases! That should be their ad at every grocery store. Kale I know! We’ve hit you with a double-whammy. First spinach, now kale? If next he tells me to eat leaves off the
ground, I wouldn’t be surprised. We’re not going that far, people. Just stay calm and you’ll get through this. On lists of the most nutrient-dense foods
from around the world, kale usually appears near the top. Red Russian kale has double the amount of
the normal green type. Not only does a single cup of kale carry 134%
of your RDI for Vitamin C, it holds power from antioxidants you’ve never even heard
of. Kale contains antioxidants such as quercetin
and kaempferol, which are extremely potent. When free radicals come into contact with
them, it’s doubtful they stand a chance. These reduce inflammation, protect your heart,
lower your blood pressure and reduce the odds of cancer. Do you eat any of these foods? Are you considering it after watching this
video? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you…

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