As you already know, in addition to its nutritional value, all foods contain certain properties that help our body to perform its functions correctly and each food has benefits that stand out from the others. Today we discuss the best natural antioxidants that you should include in your diet.
Often one of the most sought-after characteristics in food is the antioxidant power of some natural products, which thanks to their molecules are capable of delaying or preventing the oxidation of other molecules and, therefore, of avoiding this negative chemical reaction of transfer of electrons from a substance to an oxidizing agent that can produce radicals that begin chain reactions that end up damaging cells.
To prevent that from happening, one of the simplest solutions recommended by a large number of professionals is to consume foods that have this property.
We explain 7 foods you should start to get familiar with if oxidation worries you, and five other reasons to consume antioxidant products, as there are many things they can do for us!
- Vegetables and greens
Many of them, like broccoli, cauliflower, radish, watercress or Brussels sprouts, contain sulforan, which helps detoxify the body and can help fight carcinogens of some types of tumors.
In addition, other foods such as spinach, in addition to containing antioxidant substances such as flavonoids and carotenoids, can also provide us with Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, E, K and B (B6, B2, B1 and B9).
Among these vegetables, broccoli should be highlighted because it is one of the healthiest foods that exist. And is that has niacin, vitamin C and A, a high sulfur content, and also has antioxidant properties. If it doesn’t suit you much, you can cook it in different ways like baked gratin with cheese on top.
There are a large number of nuts with natural antioxidants. This is how we can name walnuts that have potassium and sodium, calcium and vitamin A, or almonds, with magnesium, selenium, manganese, calcium and iron. While pistachios have vitamin A and C, magnesium, calcium and iron.
They have many antioxidants and are highly healthy: we can mention sunflower seeds or Chia seeds.
- Black beans
They have vitamin C and A, they are protein and we can eat them every week.
6. Green tea
This drink is composed mainly of catechins, natural antioxidants of the same polyphenol family, which are a type of antioxidants that help activate liver enzymes that are responsible for eliminating toxins.
If we take it regularly, it is believed that we can help prevent diseases such as arthritis.
7. The fruits
While citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons can provide us with limonene, a component that among other things can help us reduce the risk of suffering from heart attack, hypertension, cataracts, the resveratrol that we find in grapes, blueberries and raspberries. it acts on the enzymes called sirtuins that are in charge of regulating the action of certain genes.
3 reasons to start consuming antioxidant products
Vitamins A and C, lycopene, and even catechins, carotenes and flavonoids make up the group of natural antioxidants that you should look for in the nutritional value of the foods you eat, but do you know why?
- They can slow down or possibly prevent the development of some diseases: Among them, cancer or cardiovascular diseases and can even be of help for degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or premature aging of organs and bones.
- They will make you look younger as they will visibly improve your skin: Antioxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium and lycopene, help us neutralize free radicals and facilitate collagen production (which is essential to maintain the elasticity of the skin) in addition to helping us to stop the appearance of acne, fine lines and wrinkles. We also know that vitamin A can help us reduce the overall level of oil in the pores and vitamin C often reduces melanin pigmentation due to age, so it looks better as a result!
- They strengthen our immune system: Especially in the case of vitamin A and vitamin C, because while the latter has the ability to prevent and reduce the severity of colds, the former is absolutely necessary for a healthy immune system.
You no longer need reasons to take natural antioxidants, since we see that they are in a large part of foods and it is easy to access them.
Source: okdiario.com by okdiario.com.
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