While everyone knows that eating a healthy, well-balanced diet rich in colorful fruits and veggies is good for you, many of us don’t know why. Aside from being rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables are also rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are good for the body because they seek out harmful free-radicals (that can lead to cancer, premature aging, and more) and eliminate them.
Foods Rich in Antioxidants
Below you will find a list of some of the most antioxidant-rich foods available.
Sometimes considered a superfood, broccoli is not only rich in antioxidants, but also protein, vitamins, and minerals.
It’s no surprise that another leafy green vegetable has made its way to this list. Kale is rich in beta-carotene as well as vitamins A and C.
These berries are rich in phenols and anthocyanins, both of which help prevent cancer.
Another lycopene-rich fruit, watermelon is not only refreshing and delicious, but rich in antioxidants as well.
This vegetable is as rich in antioxidants as raspberries and blueberries. While it is not the only antioxidant found in artichokes, silymarin is the star of the show.
Full of vitamins A and C, apricots are also rich in the antioxidant lycopene. This antioxidant is not only responsible for the color of apricots, but also for protecting our body’s cells and preventing damage.
Like many leafy green vegetables, spinach is rich in antioxidants, especially beta-carotene. Beta-carotene not only helps protect against free radicals, but also protects your eyesight.
Although cherries don’t get nearly the credit they deserve, they are almost as rich in antioxidants as blueberries. Anthocyanins are the most notable antioxidants found in cherries.
9. Kidney Beans
Because they are so rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, kidney beans make it onto the list of top antioxidants. Particularly important is the manganese level of kidney beans, which helps the body maintain its level of antioxidants.
Carrots are rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps protect the eyes. In addition, carrots support overall oxidation in the body, support the liver, and can fight signs of aging.
Add some blackberries to your smoothie, pancakes, or oatmeal to get an antioxidant boost.
Lentils help you feel full, stabilize blood sugar, and are rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanin.
Another lycopene-rich food, grapefruit is also rich in vitamin C and low in calories.
Rich in antioxidants, particularly phytonutrients, strawberries are not only delicious but are deadly free-radical hunters as well.
These nuts are rich in healthy fats, protein, vitamin E, and antioxidants.
Phenols and selenium are the antioxidant stars of this fuzzy fruit.
17. Bell peppers
Rich in the antioxidants carotenoids, bell peppers make a great addition to salads, almost every dish.
18. Brussels sprouts
Not only are they rich in antioxidants (particularly sulforaphane), Brussels sprouts may also contribute to lower cholesterol and improved digestions.
Polyphenols are the antioxidants that make this fruit a superstar.
Rich in vitamins, mineral, fiber, and antioxidants (especially glutathione) asparagus make for a great side dish any night.
These little guys have long had the reputation for being rich in antioxidants, and rightly so. Start adding blueberries to your pancakes, smoothies, salads, cereal, and more so begin reaping the antioxidant benefits of this fruit.
While this list is extensive, it is by no means the final word on antioxidant-rich foods. There are other foods that are rich in a variety of antioxidants, although in smaller amounts, such as corn, watercress, cantaloupe, and alfalfa sprouts. It is always important to include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet, but if you incorporate some of these antioxidant-rich foods on a regular basis, you’ll be doing your body a world of good.