We hear this word all the time, it seems! Antioxidants are substances (or molecules if you are into science) that help break up free radicals in our body. Free radicals can come from anywhere- the environment, what we eat, and some are produced naturally- which can be hazardous to cells within our bodies. Antioxidants are known as "free radical scavengers". They break up free radicals preventing them from causing damage to our bodies.
Some of the best and easiest ways to get antioxidants is by eating foods high in nutrients such as vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene and selenium. More specifically, the best way to do this is by eating real, whole, foods: eat a healthy mix of colorful fruits and vegetables (berries, pepper, oranges, tomatoes, carrots, kale, and spinach to name a few) along with nuts, seeds, eggs, cheese, beef, fish, turkey, and chicken. Those are some great examples of foods rich in antioxidants that will benefit our bodies.
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