Antioxidants are various nutrients and vitamins that protect our bodies from Free Radicals. Free Radicals are harmful to our bodies as in very high amounts, they are capable of damaging cells and DNA. Our bodies can generate free radicals from many different sources, including the breakdown of some foods, exposure to pollution or cigarette smoke, and other sources. Luckily, antioxidants exist to protect us against these free radicals! The most common antioxidants are Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene, but there are many more!
Vitamin A, C and E are also important after surgeries or for individuals who have a history of wounds, due to their role in wound healing and recovery. These vitamins stimulate Collagen production, Reduce inflammation, Help rebuild new skin cells and form scar tissue, Strengthen immune function, are also antioxidants!
What Foods are Rich in Antioxidants?
Blackberries Blueberries Strawberries Cranberries Goji Berries Raspberries Nuts (walnuts, Pistchios, pecans) Dark leafy greens Beets Dried Fruit Dark Chocolate Green Tea & Coffee Turmeric, Cinnamon, Garlic and Rosemary!
Medical Disclaimer: The information in this article is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be personalized medical or nutrition advice. For a plan tailored to your needs, please consult with a Registered Dietitian or qualified healthcare professional.