Health 101: Antioxidants

In scientific terms, an antioxidant is a molecule that’s capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. For us, non-scientists, they fight free radicals (free radicals damage and cause the death of cells).These free radical fighting antioxidants help you look younger by slowing down the aging process, help prevent cancer, heart disease and several other degenerative diseases.



No, I don’t mean the big black phone you’re holding. One cup of blackberries contains the highest amount of antioxidants that berries have. Plus, a cup of blackberries provides half of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C!




It’s bursting with fibers and vitamin C (more than enough of your daily recommended intake), a cup of strawberries is literally brimming with healthy benefits.





Coffee doesn’t only keep us alert, it reduces the risks of diabetes & Parkinson’s disease. It also stimulates enzymes that protect us against colon cancer and obviously contains a lot of antioxidants!




One ounce of walnuts (around 15-20 of them) are looooaded with antioxidants. They’re free of cholesterol and low in sodium and sugar. Nuts are full of calories, though, so don’t get too carried away!





They are so rich in beta carotene, vitamins A & C, fiber, as well as minerals (iron, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, magnesium & even phosphorus).



One teaspoon of ground cloves can do wonders for your body! So get spicing, and boost your health, too!



One ounce of these delicious pecans are rich in antioxidants. They increase metabolism rates, enhance satiety & play a role in protecting the nervous system.





They help reduce the risks of breast cancer and other estrogen sensitive cancers like cancer of the ovaries & cervix. It also contains beta-carotene which can help prevent heart diseases.






These are very rich in vitamin C, potassium & folic acids. They’re fat free, natural and low in calories!


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Driven by beauty of all forms, J drives her passion to write about what’s current in the beauty industry. With a degree in creativity, and a business gang at the Schulich School of Business, J aspires to eventually launch her own set of healthy restaurants.

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