5 Antioxidant-Rich Foods You MUST Eat…
Those vital components found in foods and teas that help:
- Build your immune system
- Increase the efficiency of your body’s functions
- Promote your health overall
- …And help you to fight and prevent illness, including cancer!
Antioxidants help defend against free radicals, which are responsible for at least 60 different diseases that plague the human body.
Here are five unlikely foods that are a great source of antioxidants that you SHOULD be eating.
I love figs.
They’re great for lowering blood pressure, assist in weight loss, and they promote heart health.
Plus, they’re full of antioxidants.
In fact, they can even raise the level of antioxidants in your body for hours at a time.
Just two small figs help deliver a surprising amount of antioxidant boost.
They’re awesome in oats, fruit salads, simmered in water to make them super-juicy, or eaten raw!
(They’re even mentioned in the Bible as a sign of peace and prosperity!)
Figs are higher than most other foods in antioxidants and nutrients.
Scientists even report that fig antioxidants can enrich lipoproteins in plasma and increase plasma antioxidant capacity for four hours after consumption.†
Did I mention that they’re also delicious?
2. Red Bell Peppers…
Red bell peppers are one of those “super foods” for your skin.
They are full of vitamins A, C, E, B6, and Magnesium.
Americans are, in fact, more deprived of magnesium than almost any other nutrient!
In a study published by the National Institutes of Health, red peppers had higher phenolics than other peppers.
They also contain a higher level of beta-carotene.
And all 4 colored peppers show strong capabilities in preventing the oxidation of cholesterol.†
Prunes contain a high level of Vitamin K, which helps provide boron to your body to develop strong bones.
Strong bones equal a strong you, or at least part of the formula required.
(Don’t neglect these, no matter the jokes about prune juice you’ll inevitably hear.)
Because they’re so high in fiber, prunes are linked to prevention of colorectal cancer, treatment of cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, diabetes and diverticular disease!)
(Not to mention their benefits for weight loss!)
Prunes, raisins, and blueberries rank highest of all fruits for antioxidant value.
(Shortly behind them are Blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Plums, Oranges, Red Grapes and Cherries.)
They’re also a great source of Vitamin A, which is known to have high antioxidant activity – helping prevent against many forms of cancer.
4. Dark Chocolate…
Who doesn’t want to hear that dark chocolate is good for you?
Well, you’ve heard that dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which are heart healthy.
They help your blood vessels to relax.
Dark chocolate is also extremely rich in antioxidants.
There’s a standard of measurement called the ORAC – or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, which measures the antioxidant levels in foods.
Free radicals are held against a food sample to see how powerfully the antioxidants react and disarm the free radicals.
Cocoa beans are the HIGHEST scoring foods that have been tested! (Even more than blueberries and acai berries!)†
But be sure to limit your dark chocolate consumption to a couple squares a day – as even the 85% cocoa chocolates have added sugar.
And by all means – find a good organic source that uses natural sweeteners and no chemicals or preservatives!
Do you really need any more reasons to eat more dark chocolate?
SlimTea is one of the world’s most powerful sources of antioxidants.
Some of it’s antioxidants are polyphenols, the gold standard of antioxidants.
One such polyphenol is called Epigalocatechin gallate, or “EGCG”.
EGCG is not merely a powerful antioxidant, but it torches fat, too!
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15670984, Dried fruits: excellent in vitro and in vivo antioxidants, Dec. 2012