Yay for antioxidants! You hear this buzzword all the time, but do you know what antioxidants actually are? Where you can find them? What they do or how you can consume more of them?
You're not getting enough antioxidants if you're not eating your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables; and no, sadly, potato chips and French fries do not count! Most Americans are not even consuming one quarter of their daily recommended amount. Hopefully, as NutriBullet users, YOU are the exceptions!
Antioxidants are compounds found in foods that protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals. This damage may lead to both acute and chronic diseases by way of a weakened immune system. Our body is constantly producing oxidation reactions to sustain life and, when combined with a poor diet and stress, these free radicals can become too powerful and cause harm. Therefore, it is imperative to feed your body a continuous supply of antioxidants to maintain balance.
Antioxidant compounds are complex, but here are a few of the most popular antioxidants along with great sources that contain them.
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) – found abundantly in fresh fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits are most common, but other foods such as strawberries, kiwi, bell peppers, broccoli, papaya, Brussels sprouts and kale all provide abundant amounts of this free radical fighting power.
- Vitamin E – found mostly in nuts and seeds as well as leafy greens. Fill your cup with spinach, Swiss chard, mustard, collard or turnip greens and top it with some sunflower seeds or almonds for a healthy dose of protection.
- Polyphenols (resveratrol, flavonoids) – Super boosters will help round out your daily quota for this disease-fighter. A splash of green tea or powder, raw cacao, cinnamon, or oregano adds a nice touch to a NutriBlast.
- Carotenoids (lycopene, carotenes, lutein) – Beta-carotene has been a household name for ages and can be found in orange, red, and yellow fruits and leafy green veggies such as carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach and mangos. Lycopene is rich in tomatoes, grapefruit and watermelon. Lutein superstars consist of all things green: kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, turnip and collard greens, romaine lettuce, zucchini and peas.
In addition to adding more antioxidant-rich foods to your meals, get more power out of them by putting these nutrient-rich ingredients in your NutriBlast and break through the cell walls for maximum absorption and benefit!