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Antioxidants Are Everywhere!!

Antioxidants fight disease and germs.
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Though oral supplements are available, the best resource for this is through healthy food. Nutrient absorption through food is more effective than vitamin supplements because your liver does not have to work as hard to assimilate them.

Some people haven’t figured it out yet. It's a total mystery to a lot of folks. How do you get antioxidants from food?

Most antioxidants available are found in vegetables.


Here is a short list includes well-known veggies that are rich in antioxidants: broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, spinach, onions, and various peppers.





Believe it or not, there is actually a technique to finding antioxidant-rich vegetable choices:








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  • When shopping for vegetables, look for the ones that are richest in color. Not only are these veggies visually appealing, but they are higher in phytonutrients than their paler counterparts.  

Phytonutrients are nutrients found in the skins of several fruits and vegetables, which give the food color as well as flavor and scent.  Phytonutrients are by far the best types of antioxidant foods that you can find anywhere.  If you are looking for a supplement, CoQ10 offers you a high level of antioxidants. Be aware of a couple factors when shopping for fruits and veggies:


  • Fruits and vegetables are clearly the best sources for antioxidants, the only issue is that some larger growers typically treat crops with chemical herbicides, pesticides, and different types of artificial fertilizers. 
  • Over the years, studies have shown that fruits and vegetables which are organically grown are significantly higher in antioxidants than those that have been produced commercially.
Our busy lives can make it very difficult to eat like we should. If don’t have access to organic fruits or other sources of antioxidant foods, I would then suggest quick absorption nutritional supplements as a means of providing essential phytonutrients needed in your diet. Here are a couple of good reasons for using them:
  • Supplements that contain phytonutrients do have advantages when compared to certain veggies, such as carrots - which can negatively elevate your blood sugar level.  
  • Phytonutrients found in supplements are the extract of pigments where nutrients are concentrated, meaning that they draw the best from antioxidant foods, leaving the calories and sugar behind.


Don’t get me wrong here, organic fruits and vegetables are indeed very good for you.  They are high in antioxidants. However, some commercially-grown foods are packed with needless additives that aren't good for you: 
  • Canned fruits and vegetables come with high levels of sodium, refined sugars, and artificial coloring which organically antioxidant supplements don’t have. The supplements offer you the levels you need, without any chemicals, sugars, or calories.  

There are several types of foods that contain antioxidants, although fruits and vegetables contain the most amounts:


  • Organic meats are also great sources of antioxidants, along with other great benefits, such as protein.  Anytime you can’t get foods that contain antioxidants - you can count on supplements to deliver the amount you need to stay healthy.
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No matter how you look at it, healthy eating for your body starts and end with foods that contain antioxidants. 

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Comments

Janina Odell said…
Antioxidants in meat? Had no idea! This is very interesting, Kurt!
Kurt M said…
Thank you for commenting, Janina!

Yes, it is true.

My research into this subject revealed three significant forms of antioxidants or antioxidant-like substances (..hope I'm spelling them right...Carnosine, Glutahione, and CLA) that are present in cooked beef. I know this may not rest too well with some of my vegetarian and vegan readers, but I found this info unintentionally. In the spirit of providing a balanced overview to healthy living, I felt compelled to share it with you.

I hope you found this article helpful.

Thanks again for commenting

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