Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease and other diseases. Let's take a look at your food and find this treasure in there.
Foods that contain antioxidant substances such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, selenium, and vitamins (A, C, and E), help to reduce the impact of free radicals on the body. This allows them to prevent different diseases and also cellular aging. These are 9 foods packed with antioxidants:
Broccoli provides the body with vitamins (vitamins C, B1, B2, B3 and B6, but above all a large amount of provitamin A, mainly in the form of beta-carotene), and minerals such as calcium, potassium, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.
Blueberries stand out for their antioxidant content, especially anthocyanins (from the flavonoid family). They also have vitamin A, E, and selenium, in addition to phenolic acids and fiber. Fat-free and low in calories, they make an excellent snack, topping for your oatmeal or a great addition to a smoothie.
The humble carrot is rich in beta-carotene, precursors of vitamin A that protect the mucosa and improve eye health. In addition, it has antioxidant power, helps keep skin healthy, and prevents damage from the sun's UV rays. Contains lutein, which prevents macular degeneration of the eyes as you age.
The avocado has antioxidants and micronutrient substances such as folic acid, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. It also contributes to the control of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood.
Rich in antioxidants (most of them, in the seeds), fiber and minerals (potassium, magnesium and manganese), the strawberry also provides flavonoids and vitamins (vitamin C, B2, B6, E and folic acid or B9).
Beetroot is rich in flavonoids thanks to betaine, its characteristic red pigment, which makes it antioxidant. It contents nitric oxide, a vasodilator that increases blood flow and favors the arrival of oxygen to the muscles.
Tomato contains lycopene, which provides that characteristic red color and is a powerful antioxidant that, when combined with olive oil, increases absorption by the body. It is rich in vitamin C, it also contains vitamin A and some vitamins of group B.
Spinach contains antioxidant substances such as flavonoids and carotenoids and is also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K and vitamins of group B (B6, B2, and B1) and folic acid (vitamin B9).
Artichoke has a high content of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. It contributes to decreasing fluid retention since it is very diuretic thanks to cynarin. In addition, it is anti-inflammatory (due to its content of flavonoids).