Antioxidants are substances that inhibits oxidation, especially ones used to counteract the deterioration of stored food products or removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism.
Antioxidants help counter oxidative stress, and may boost your immune system and decrease your risk of infection. The best source of antioxidant vitamins and minerals is a wholesome, colorful, varied diet that includes plenty of fresh (preferably organic) fruits, vegetables and nuts.
Antioxidant sources, like antioxidant foods, herbs, spices and teas, reduce the effects of free radicals, also called oxidative damage/stress, which plays a major role in disease formation. The leading health problems facing us today — including conditions like heart disease, cancer and dementia — have been linked to increased levels of oxidative damage and inflammation.
The following is a list of the top-ranked food sources of antioxidants based on serving size. Add them to your grocery list!
- Artichokes (prepared)
- Ground cloves
- Grape juice
- Chocolate, baking, unsweetened
- Cranberry juice
- Sour cherries
- Red wine