The past decade has spawned many food and diet trends, but none has been as persistently present as the antioxidant. This substance inhibits oxidation in the body, which can cause severe cell damage through free radical generation. Free radicals, in turn, bind to cells, ultimately causing damage within the body; they are most often implicated in cell damage that leads to cancer development.
Introducing antioxidants to your diet can provide aid in recovering from damage done by blue light and sun exposure, poor diets, smoking and other drugs, toxicity or chemical exposure, and stress. If you’ve heard that antioxidants prevent cancer, your source is not completely wrong; these compounds protect healthy cells while halting the growth of malignant (or cancerous) cells, fighting free radical damage.
Certain hobbies lend themselves to the increased production of free radicals. Smoking, for example, encourages free radical growth. Though consuming antioxidants won’t cancel out the health detriments associated with smoking, these healthy foods, at the very least, can improve skin health. Introducing antioxidants to your diet is incredibly simple—especially if you regularly juice. Though most taste wonderful on their own, antioxident-rich foods can be used to sweeten and flavor juice. The following list of foods have very high levels of antioxidants.
- Goji berries
- Wild blueberries
- Dark chocolate
And, for the more adventurous juicers…
- Kidney beans