Antioxidants are powerful molecules that help improve your immune system, ward off cancer and, you got it, even help with weight loss. And next to water and produce, they’re one of the most important things you eat.
But unlike most “healthy” things, you can’t just buy antioxidants in pill form or sprinkle some on your salad. Antioxidants have to come from what you eat and drink on a daily basis.
Want to up your antioxidant intake? Keep reading to learn about the top, most antioxidant-rich foods around.
Antioxidant-Rich Foods to Get More of
There are tons of foods out there that are packed full of antioxidants. Start working some of the into your diet regularly, and you’d be amazing at how much better you feel (and how much slimmer that waistline is!)
Here are just a few of the antioxidant-filled foods you can opt for:
You’ve heard that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” right? Well thanks to their high antioxidant content, that old adage is actually true! These babies are packed with antioxidants, and they can even reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. So start upping your apple intake ASAP.
On top of their high protein content, beans are also chock full of antioxidants. And that includes red beans, black beans, pinto beans and anything and everything in between. Just throw some on your salad, or serve a side of them with your dinner. You can even add some avocado for some extra zing.
Plums, and their dried counterpart the prune, are absolutely packed with antioxidant for you to reap the benefits of. Just make sure you eat it fresh – not cooked in a pie or unhealthy dessert. That won’t help you lose weight at all!
Broccoli may not be the best smelling vegetable, but it certainly takes the cake as far as antioxidants go. They’re extremely rich in two different types of antioxidants, and they’re not to lessen allergies, alleviate inflammation and boost cardiac health.
When it comes to antioxidant levels, artichokes come in at the very top. In fact, according to the USDA, they boast the seventh highest amount of antioxidants per serving (out of more than 1,000 food items.) That’s pretty darn amazing if you ask me.
Ginger can add some punch to add dish – as well as some much-needed antioxidants.
Nuts are extremely high in antioxidants, and they’ve even been proven to reduce your risk for coronary and heart problems. Walnuts, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts…whatever is your favorite will do the trick. Simply crush them up, and add them atop any dish for some extra crunch.
Flaxseed oil isn’t as well known as it should be, but if you can find it, start getting a daily serving today. Flaxseed oil is full of antioxidants, as well as important omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. These reduce inflammation and help reduce risk of heart disease. Studies suggest they may even help those fighting breast cancer having a higher chance of success.
Blueberries, strawberries, cranberries and raspberries are all antioxidant powerhouse. Add them to your morning oatmeal, put them in your salad, or just bring them to work as an on-the-go afternoon snack. They’re also a great way to add sweetness to a dish without adding calories.
Love sushi? Well now you have an excuse to eat it even more. Seaweed is actually a great source of antioxidants and healthy carbs. It also contains 14 times more calcium than milk!! It’s a win-win.
Kale isn’t just the food trend of the day. It’s actually a very nutritious and powerful vegetable – especially when it comes to antioxidants. It’s also a veritable powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, so start adding some to your salads and sandwiches today.
Beets are another veggie high in antioxidants, and they’ve even been shown to reduce blood pressure significantly. They’re also anti-inflammatory, and they can boost athletic performance. The benefits just keep on coming!
You might not want to consume a ton of the stuff right before a first date, but garlic is a great way to get antioxidants in your daily diet. It also reduces inflammation and has been shown more effective than antibiotics at fighting intestinal illness.
Onions are another smelly, but still powerful antioxidant-filled food. They can also help fight inflammation, stimulate the respiratory tract and help treat certain types of cancers. Plus, they’re super easy to add to any meal!
Are you getting enough antioxidants in your diet? If not, you may want to work a few of these items into your daily menus. They come packed with tons of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other things your body needs to stay healthy and lose weight!
What are your favorite ways to get antioxidants? Let me know in the comments.