Five High Antioxidant Foods for Energy and DNA Health

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Antioxidants are some of the most important substances for your health, because they are essential for protecting your DNA and cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are basically molecules that are missing certain electrons. As a result, they are reactive due to the fact that they like to steal electrons from other molecules.

When there are too many free radicals in your body, they can disrupt the natural structures of the molecules in your body by stealing their electrons. This can cause a chain reaction that can damage your DNA and cells. Furthermore, having too many free radicals in your body may lead to premature aging, cancer, and a lack of energy.

Even though free radicals can harm your body, their harmful effects can be reduced to a safe level by living a healthy lifestyle. Eating food high in antioxidants is one of the ways you can dramatically reduce the negative effects of free radicals. As you reduce the amount of free radicals in your body, your energy will increase due to better health.

Here is a list of five healthy foods high in antioxidants. For best results, consume foods that are organic.

1. Acai

Acai is a tiny berry that looks like dark purple grapes and tastes similar to blueberries. It is found in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Acai is considered to be a superfruit, because it is one of the highest antioxidant fruits in the world. To be more specific, it has nearly 300 percent more antioxidant than blueberries. Unfortunately, acai berry loses a lot of its essential nutrients within a few days of picking. Luckily, there is a way to preserve its nutrients through a process called freeze-drying. Most manufacturers of acai products usually don’t freeze-dry their acai berries. Because of this, you may want to read about the problems with acai products before purchasing them.

2. Red Bean

Red bean is a great source of antioxidants, making it great for protecting your DNA from the harmful effects of free radicals. Red bean is also great for increasing your energy, because it is loaded with protein and iron. The total antioxidant capacity of a half cup of dried red bean is nearly 13,700, making it one of the best antioxidant foods in the world. Red bean also contains a lot of fiber, which is great for helping your body detox toxins and keeping your blood sugar balanced.

3. Pinto Bean

This tiny bean contains nearly as many antioxidants as red bean. The total antioxidant capacity of a half cup of pinto bean is roughly 11,800. Pinto bean also has a lot of fiber and protein; plus, it has a good amount of magnesium and potassium, which are important for heart health. Magnesium is believed to be the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is responsible for over 300 enzymatic and metabolic reactions. For these reasons, magnesium is very important for energy.

4. Wild Blueberries

Like acai, wild blueberries are small in size but are full of essential nutrients and antioxidants. One cup of wild blueberries has a total antioxidant capacity of nearly 13,400. In addition, they are also full of flavonoids, beta-carotene, vitamin A, C, and E. These nutrients are the reason why wild blueberries are being studied for treating cancer and premature aging.

5. Cranberries

These little red fruits are popular for treating urinary tract infection (UTI) due to their antiviral and antibacterial properties. One cup of cranberries has a total antioxidant capacity of roughly 9,000. Cranberries are also good sources of vitamin C, fiber, and manganese, which is why they are great for long term energy and boosting the immune system.

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  1. Nancy Grignon says:

    Please do an article on the “grounding” antioxidant benefit. Clint Ober and others have information re this and it might interest your readers. See video Grounded or read Earthing by Clint Ober, Martin Zucker and Dr. Sinatra.