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The Power Of Antioxidants And The Foods That Contain Them

Antioxidants have been big news over the past decade, with their benefits being touted as a way to combat cancer, refresh skin, and help retain youth. While these compounds occur naturally throughout the body, there are great foods available to help supplement them and help your body combat oxidative stress. As their importance has been determined scientists have developed ways of finding which foods are high in antioxidants and making this information available to the public so health seekers can have an easier time making the right choices for them.

What Is Oxidative Stress?
This is a relatively new term that has entered into the industry to describe what happens when your body has an overabundance of oxidants. Oxidative stress has been tied to various chronic diseases, include type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and of course the old specter that is cancer. You can combat oxidative stress by consuming foods that are high in antioxidants and keeping yourself adequately hydrated.

Dark Chocolate Is Your Friend
Ever heard anyone tell you that chocolate is healthy? It turns out this wasn’t just wishful thinking. Dark chocolate is quite nutritious for you and has been advised as a way to sate your sweet tooth and get your needed antioxidants by professionals.

Pecans Are Delicious And Full Of Antioxidants
If you’re from the American South or love Pecans, you’re going to love this. Pecans are an incredible source of antioxidants and have the benefit of being packed with good fats and protein. If you’re looking for a healthy snack that has whole body benefits, then it’s time to start adding pecans to your snack pack.

Don’t Be Blue, Eat Blueberries!
Blueberries are another delicious source of antioxidants, and they have the added benefit of being incredible served over pancakes and in muffins. Research has revealed that blueberries have some of the highest levels of antioxidants of all the vegetables and fruits on the market today, making them a fantastic and delicious source!

Strawberries are Spectacular!
Who doesn’t love the tart-sweet taste of fresh strawberries? Whether you enjoy them in a banana-strawberry smoothy or just served up on their own with a dollop of cream, it’s hard to beat strawberries. With research showing that they contain a significant amount of antioxidants you now have another excuse to include them in your diet!

The Heart Of The Artichoke
Artichoke hearts have always been a favorite pizza topper of ours, so imagine our joy when we discovered that artichokes are another great source of antioxidants. They also contain chlorogenic acid which is known to fight heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Even better? Research shows that boiling or steaming artichokes increases the number of antioxidants they provide. Just avoid frying them, that seems to reduce it.

If you’re looking for new ways to combat oxidants in your body, or want to understand the role they play in your health, call Ashley Hall at Thrive Rejuvenation. They’ve been providing expert advice to patients looking to restore their health and retain their youthful beauty in the Newport Beach, CA area. If you’re beginning a journey of rejuvenation and are looking for an expert guide, then it’s time to start getting more antioxidants in your diet and working with the experts at Thrive Rejuvenation.