At this time of year it is easy to eat a diet rich in antioxidants. We can choose from a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from our local Farmers’ Markets. The Farmers’ Markets provide many choices in produce that are packed with vitamins and minerals.
Antioxidants are vitamins in certain foods and supplements that block oxidation by preventing damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals target the DNA, fats, and proteins in the body to change cell structure. Free radicals contribute to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and aging. Free radicals come from the air, toxins in our food, cosmetics, lotions, buildings, and the sun, to name a few sources.
Key antioxidants include Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, E, and Selenium. Of lesser importance is CoQ 10 and L-Methionine. Although we cannot completely control our exposure to free radicals, we can have the best sources of antioxidants by eating the seasonal fruits and vegetables and rotating the foods we eat.
Foods rich in antioxidants:
Highest in all the yellow, red, and orange vegetables, including tomatoes.
Any dark skinned fruit, especially blueberries
Dark green leafy vegetables, such as Swiss chard, collard greens, and spinach
The minimum daily requirement is 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that one serving of cooked vegetables is the size of ½ of a tennis ball. One serving of raw vegetables is equal to the size of 1 tennis ball. One serving of berries is 2/3 of a cup, or 6 oz.
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