All you have to do is follow the rainbow of colors that takes you to greater health and longevity.
Studies show that the more colorful antioxidants you get in your diet, the more you reduce the aging effects of cellular damage. Antioxidants help decrease your risk of cancer and hardening of the arteries, which causes heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and much more.
Somewhere over the Rainbow
When scientists first realized the extraordinary power of antioxidants to get rid of cell-damaging free radicals, they found that these colorful nutrients, most prevalent in vegetables and fruit, had the power to slow down aging and help prevent heart disease, cancer and other aging diseases.
Each of the hues of the rainbow, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, purple and even white vegetables and fruits, can provide unique health benefits that protect us as we age.
Here are some great sources for health building, disease preventing, anti-aging antioxidants:
Top your whole-grain breakfast cereal with raspberries, strawberries or sweet red cherries. Other red foods high in antioxidants are cranberries, tomatoes and red kidney beans.
Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, mangos and oranges all contain a variety of carotenoids.
Good yellow hue choices are pinto beans, yellow peppers and melons. And although they’re not exactly yellow, pecans and walnuts are rich in antioxidants and fit within the yellow range.
All green leafy veggies, such as broccoli, spinach and kale are high in lutein, for clearer vision.
Blueberries are chock-full of anthocyanin, which helps prevent and suppress tumor growth.
Healthy black plums make great antioxidant snacks or after dinner desert.
Blackberries are another good bet for your breakfast or mix them with plain low-fat yogurt.
White cauliflower offers excellent cruciferous cancer-fighting benefits. Studies also show the sulfur compounds in garlic and onions help reduce the risk of stomach and colon cancers.
The best antioxidant foods and the best anti-aging supplements offer you better protection against degenerative diseases and help you slow down the aging process of your skin, cells and organs. That means you can stay younger looking longer and have better health as you age.
Antioxidants nutrients include carotenoids, flavonoids and cruciferous phytonutrients, vitamins A, C and E and the minerals selenium and zinc. Here are the main benefits of antioxidants:
- Anti-aging of cells, organs and skin,
- Greatly decreased incidence of all cancers,
- Glaucoma and macular degeneration prevention,
- Reduced risk of cholesterol-oxidation and heart disease,
- Stronger immunity and resistance to flues, infections and viruses.
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