A Balanced Diet Supplies Plenty of Antioxidants

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Based in the Minneapolis area of Minnesota, realtor and loan originator Anthony Pierpont also has an extensive background in food/beverage and hotel management. Because of his past positions in food preparation and management, Anthony Pierpont has acquired significant experience and interest in healthy eating.

One of the most active lines of current food research is the role of the many types of antioxidants in nutrition. Laboratory studies have shown that antioxidants may guard against the development of cancer by defending against damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that interfere with the proper functioning of the body’s cells.

A number of fresh foods are rich sources of antioxidants. Below are some of the most common antioxidants and the foods in which they can be found:

– Vitamin C is widely available in oranges, berries of all kinds, broccoli, peppers, melons, and snow peas, among many other fruits and vegetables.

– Vitamin E can be found in spinach, turnip and mustard greens, nuts, red peppers, chard, sunflower seeds, and broccoli.

– Carotenoids (including beta-carotene and retinol, a form of vitamin A) are found in dark leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, as well as in many orange-colored fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins, mangoes, and, of course, carrots. Egg yolks and liver are also especially rich in vitamin A.

– Selenium and zinc typically makes it into the diet through grains like wheat and rice, as well as tuna and red meat. Many cereals are specially fortified with these minerals, as well.

It is easy to see from this list that a varied diet is likely to supply a great deal of beneficial antioxidants without the need for supplements. A balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, along with a sensible amount of grains, nuts, and meats ensures that the body gets all the nutrients it needs, including antioxidants.