Foods That Are Rich in Antioxidants and Their Benefits
Free radicals are what your body generates as part of its normal chemical functions. Research suggests that these free radicals play a key role in ageing and the signs and symptoms associated with ageing. Antioxidants are foods that work to neutralize the free radicals in your body and so help cut down on diseases and ageing.
While you can get a diet that supplies antioxidants to your body, it is best to get your fix of antioxidants from naturally occurring foodstuffs. Most supplements end up not delivering the full effect and much of the supplements’ active nutrients just work right out of the system.
Antioxidants as the name suggests are compounds that take in the Oxygen radical that is released by the body and neutralise its effects. They way this is measured and expressed is called the ORAC or the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Without getting into the details of how this is calculated and its chemical profile, let’s just keep in mind that the higher the number, the better the antioxidant.
Here is the list of the foods that have antioxidant properties with their ORAC score:
- Goji berries: 25,000
- Wild blueberries: 14,000
- Dark chocolate: 21,000
- Pecans: 17,000
- Artichoke: 9,400
- Elderberries: 14,000
- Kidney beans: 8,400
- Cranberries: 9,500
This shows two things, one is you don’t have to go too far to get your antioxidants, and the second is getting your antioxidants quota will be a delightful process. So go ahead, get your berries, nuts and chocolate out.