Antioxidant Diet


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All of us must have heard the word ‘antioxidants’ many times. But what exactly are they?
Antioxidants reduce the number of free radicals in the body. Free radicals destroy the healthy molecules in our body and also interfere with our immune system. It is due to these free radicals that our bodies start breaking down and we age.

Antioxidant Diet

What is an Antioxidant Diet?

We all are very well aware of the positive effects of a good and nutritional diet can have on our body.  Diet helps to reduce or manage various conditions like diabetes, hypertension etc.
An antioxidant diet is rich in vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and polyphenols. The free radicals that are formed by the process of oxidation are defused by the antioxidant diet.

If taken on a regular basis as antioxidant rich diet can reduce the risks of heart diseases as well as cancer.

Antioxidant Diet

All brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants. Some of the antioxidants sources include tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, red cabbage, red bell peppers, oranges, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, kiwis etc.

You may take some hints from the below mentioned antioxidant diet plan.

Breakfast

½ cup oatmeal with ¼ cup raisins or
¾ cup vegetable juice of fruit juice or
¾ cup yogurt with ½ cup blueberries

Antioxidant DietLunch

Non vegetarians can go for a chicken salad sandwich with ½ cup pineapple and red grapes.Vegetarians can opt for 1 cup spinach salad ;with ½ cup chopped mixed veggies.

Dinner

Non vegetarians can go for chicken or beef stir fry with 1 cup red bell peppers, asparagus, mushrooms. Vegetarians should opt for spinach instead of lettuce. Stir chopped, spinach and crushed walnuts into steamed brown rice. Also take a bowl of fresh fruits.

No food supplement can give the same benefits as the food itself. So stop that pill intake and start munching.

So when are you starting your antioxidant diet plan?

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8 thoughts on “Antioxidant Diet

  1. Hey Era,

    Good one. Reminded me of the heaps of fruits left in my refrigerator, will start my anti-oxi lunch now 🙂 Have a great day ahead.

  2. I love taking Green tea a lot !!! Very rich in antioxidants !! Just now having it and looking at all reviews. :yahoo:

  3. The clearest answer about what to do when advising others about antioxidants appears to be what mothers and home economic teachers have recommended for years: eat a healthy and well-balanced diet with an emphasis on intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Obviously, exercise and lifestyle habits (avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse) and genetic legacy factor into our prospective overall health. But controlling what we eat nd making healthy, nutrient-dense food choices (not gulping down a dietary supplement pill in place of them) appears to be the best choice when trying to prevent or delay chronic illnesses and improve quality of life as we age. It should be kept in mind, however, that there is a function and role for dietary supplements.

    Specific at-risk populations — such as those who live in poverty, the elderly who have changing gastric secretions that may affect how much of a nutrient is absorbed, those consuming below 1,600 calories per day, and those who suffer from diseases that affect nutrient absorption — benefit from supervised dietary supplementation. Supplements are a relatively inexpensive form of nutrients that can be administered, if taken consistently, in a more precise and reliable dose than through fruits and vegetables. As such, they may be beneficial for certain life stage groups, such as during pregnancy and the elderly years when appetite and nutrient intake or absorption are diminished. – Dr. Sunita Banerji (www.eternesseclinic.com)

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