Top 10 High Antioxidant Foods

(Top 10 High Antioxidant Foods)

Every single one of us has both antioxidants and free radicals present inside of our bodies at all times. Some antioxidants are made from the body itself, while we must get others from our diet. Our bodies also produce free radicals as byproducts of cellular reactions. For example the liver produces and uses free radicals to detoxify the body, while white blood cells send free radicals to destroy bacteria, viruses and damaged cells.

When certain types of oxygen molecules are allowed to travel freely in the body they cause what is known as oxidative damage, which is the formation of free radicals. When antioxidant levels in the body are lower than that of free radicals— due to poor nutrition, toxin exposure or other factors— oxidation wreaks havoc in the body. The effect? Accelerated aging, damaged or mutated cells, broken down tissue, the activation of harmful genes within DNA, and an overloaded immune system.

The Western lifestyle— with its processed foods, reliance on medications, and high exposure to chemicals or environmental pollutants— seems to lay the foundation for the proliferation of free radicals. Because many of us are exposed to such high rates of oxidative stress from a young age, more than ever we need the power of antioxidants.

What Are Antioxidants? 

While there are many ways to describe what antioxidants do inside the body, one definition of antioxidants (according to Merriam Webster Dictionary) is “any substance that inhibits oxidation, especially one used to counteract the deterioration of stored food products or removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism.”

Antioxidants include dozens of food-based substances you may have heard of before, such as carotenoids like beta-carotene, or lycopene and vitamin C. These are several examples of antioxidants that inhibit “oxidation”, or reactions promoted by oxygen, peroxides, and/or free radicals. (01) Research suggests that when it comes to longevity and overall health, some of the benefits of consuming antioxidant rich foods, herbs, teas and supplements include:

  • Slower signs of aging— including of the skin, eyes, tissue, joints, heart and brain
  • Healthier, more youthful, glowing skin
  • Reduced cancer risk
  • Detoxification support
  • Longer life span
  • Protection against heart disease and stroke
  • Less risk for cognitive problems such as dementia
  • Reduced risk for vision loss or disorders like macular degeneration and cataracts
  • Antioxidants are also added to food or household products to prevent oxidation and spoilage

Top 10 High Antioxidant Foods List

Antioxidants might be easier to add to your diet than you might think. Based on ORAC scores —provided by The Nutrient Data Laboratory Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC) and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)— below are some of the top antioxidant foods by weight:

1) Goji berries
25,000 ORAC Score

2) Wild blueberries
14,000 ORAC Score

3) Dark Chocolate
21,000 ORAC Score

4) Pecans
17,000 ORAC Score

5) Artichoke
9,400 ORAC Score

6) Elderberries
14,000 ORAC Score

7) Kidney Beans
8,400 ORAC Score

8) Cranberries
9,500 ORAC Score

9) Blackberries
5,300 ORAC Score

10) Cilantro
5,100 ORAC Score

 

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Top 10 High Antioxidant Foods (Top 10 High Antioxidant Foods) Every single one of us has both antioxidants and free radicals present inside of our bodies at all times. Some antioxidants are made from the body itself, while we must get others from our diet. Our bodies also produce free radicals...