7 Health Wonders of Antioxidant-rich Foods

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Feb 26, 2015

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Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that provide resistance against the effects of free radicals. They offer excellent health benefits, including boosting immunity, preventing nutritional deficiencies and improving overall health.
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    Antioxidants' Benefits

    Antioxidants offer excellent health benefits, including boosting immunity, preventing nutritional deficiencies and improving overall health. Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that provide resistance against the effects of free radicals. Some of the noteworthy sources of antioxidants are almonds, spinach, greens, citrus fruits, sunflower seeds, fish, herbs and spices.

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    Skin Benefits

    The exposure to high levels of ultraviolet light can cause photo-oxidative damage. Foods rich in antioxidants have been found helpful in protecting the skin from damage.  Antioxidants can also slow some of the physical signs of ageing.

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    Cancer Prevention

    Studies have shown that antioxidants can prevent the types of free radical damage that have been associated with cancer development. The research examining whether taking dietary antioxidant supplements can help lower the risk of developing cancer has been promising in animal studies.

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    Healthy Heart

    Another danger associated with free radicals is increased risk of coronary heart disease. Since free radicals encourage low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol to stick to artery walls and lead to serious heart conditions, you need antioxidants.

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    Immunity Booster

    It is due to the ability of antioxidants to catalyze production of free radicals that your immunity levels improve. Moreover, antioxidants help protect cell membranes and cellular DNA from mutation.

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    Boosts your Brain Health

    Free radicals can cause damage to nerve cells in the brain, which contributes to conditions such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. A right intake of antioxidants keeps these medical conditions at bay.

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    Keeps your Vision Sharp

    Free radicals have been linked to a variety of health ailments, including vision problems. Since antioxidants protect us from harmful free radicals, you must consider antioxidant-rich foods to keep your vision intact. Lutein, found in spinach and corn, is tied to a lower incidence of eye lens degeneration and blindness in the elderly.

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    Reduces Inflammation

    Antioxidants are natural anti-inflammatory agents that protect you against aches and pains. Diet with antioxidants keep immunological conditions such arthritis and joint problems under control.

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