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An Antioxidant for Every Color in the Rainbow

An Antioxidant for Every Color in the Rainbow

Through a social media platform for bloggers, I recently met and connected with Jen from Jenny at Dapperhouse. Today, we decided to swap blogs for the day! Go check out her blog for a little bit of everything for everyone as well as my post on four easy chia puddings! And keep reading for some awesome information on antioxidants and some tips on including them into your diet.

An Antioxidant Rainbow

When molecules in the body oxidize they create free-radicals. Free radicals cause molecules within the cells to become unhealthy and even damaged. We need antioxidants to prevent this cellular problem from happening but in addition to protections, antioxidants can reverse some of the damage that has already been done by free radicals!

The medical benefits of antioxidants are not based on hearsay. Scientists have been and continue to do extensive research on the benefits of antioxidants in our human bodies. So far there is real evidence of preventing and correcting anti-aging, immune strength, neurological diseases, heart disease and even many forms of cancer.  You can get all this benefit by simply including organic, antioxidant rich fruits and veggies in your everyday diet.

Here is a list of antioxidant rich foods for every color of the rainbow:

Red – strawberries, kidney beans, tomatoes and onions

Orange –  mango, sweet potatoes, oranges and apricots

Yellow – corn, pineapple, lemons and squash

Green – spinach, broccoli, kiwi and kale

Blue – blueberries, blackberries and blue cabbage

Purple – Acai berries, beets, grapes and plums

Benefits to eating Antioxidants are:

  • Protecting cells from damage
  • Neutralizing free radical molecules
  • Having antiviral and antibacterial properties
  • Having an anti-inflammatory effect inside and outside the body
  • Aiding in the possible prevention of Alzheimer’s
  • Working to control and prevent symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
  • Slowing the aging process inside and outside the body
  • Improving the body’s immune system especially to fight viral infections
  • Improving brain power & memory
  • Preventing and slowing many types of cancer

Antioxidants are not just a good idea but are crucial to living a long and healthy life. Don’t wait until you are having symptoms of disorders or diseases to add antioxidants to your and your family’s diet!Eating foods from every color of the rainbow can provide positive health results.

Fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts are a great way to increase your antioxidant rainbow. The most potent antioxidant foods are red beans, blueberries, kidney beans, pinto beans, cranberries, artichokes, potatoes, pecans and prunes. Pick some of these up on your next trip to the grocery store and include them in recipes that they whole family can enjoy, like chili, fruit salad and sweet potato pie!

Click on the images below to check out some easy & antioxidant rich recipes to try this week! 

Veggie Sandwich Roasted Tomato & Carrot Soup Pad Thai Salad Kitchen Sink Chia Pudding Creamy Zoodles Veggie Pasta Easy Lunch Bowls

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