As we age, our cells are naturally damaged. Cell damage can also happen when you are exposed to pollution, cigarette smoke, overexposure to the sun, toxic substances, radiation exposure, and asbestos. This damage can lead to diseases such as heart diseases and diabetes.
A diet rich in antioxidants can help lower your risk for these diseases.
Antioxidants can be a vitamin such as vitamins A, C and E, plan chemicals like flavonoids and carotenoids and a mineral such as selenium. Antioxidants protect your body’s cells from damage.
Foods that are rich in antioxidants are vegetables, fruit, whole grain bread, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, garlic, and green tea.
Should I take an antioxidant supplement?
A lot of people wonder if they should be taking antioxidant supplements. The answer is no. Some of these supplements have higher amounts than you need, which can be unsafe. However, by eating a variety of whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans, you can ensure a sufficient intake of antioxidants.
Five tips to increase your antioxidant intake:
1 – Choose green tea instead of coffee
2 – Add almonds and sunflower seeds to your salad
3- Choose fish at least twice a week
4- Add broccoli, asparagus, potatoes with skin, and peppers to your meals
5 – Add assorted berries to your yogurt
Stephanie Aboueid, RD
Nutrition: A functional approach by Judy Sheeshka, Pearson Education Canada; 2 edition.