High Antioxidant Diet

Strawberries in high antioxidant diet

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A high antioxidant diet is used for preventive health against diseases caused by free radicals. Free radicals are atoms that have lost an electron and take one from the atoms of other cells. This happens in a scientific process of bonding and splitting atoms. Normally when atoms split they do not leave an odd number of electrons but when weak bonds split this can happen, causing free radicals.

This is a very bad thing in our bodies and can lead to damaged DNA therefore causing a host of problems like heart disease, stroke and cancer. Antioxidants take care of the problem by donating an electron to these free radicals thus stabilizing them. Antioxidants can do this because they are stable with an odd or even number of electrons.

So What Foods are in a High Antioxidant Diet?

The best and most common antioxidants are vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene.

Carrots, non-fat milk and eggs are some of the best ways to get Vitamin A. Having plenty of vitamin A can help reduce the presence of free radicals as well as do many other things for your health.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another antioxidant that has many health benefits. You probably already know about the benefits it can give to your hair and skin. Vitamin E can be found in nuts like almonds and many oils such as corn, safflower and soybean oil.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is probably the most well-known antioxidant and can be found in many fruits. It can be found in particularly high dosages in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges. Vitamin C can also be found in melons, blueberries, guava and pineapples.


Beta-carotene is one of the antioxidants that are found more in vegetables. If you eat rich colored vegetables you are most likely getting a good source of beta-carotene. Most dark colored vegetables contain lots of beta-carotene, vegetables such as spinach, sprouts, carrots, asparagus, pumpkin, squash and sweet potatoes.

In Summary

A high antioxidant diet can help rid your body of harmful free radicals. Antioxidants work by stabilizing free radicals in your body .The best antioxidants to have in your diet are vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene.


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