The Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables High in Antioxidants

September 27, 2010

We have all heard that antioxidants have many health benefits, so it is not a bad idea to load up on fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants next time you hit the grocery store! Here is a breakdown of the health benefits of some of your future high antioxidant grocery items: 

  • Bolster your Brainpower with Blueberries- Studies have found that blueberries improve memory retention, balance, concentration and cognition
  • Prevent Depression with Plums- Reduce anxiety-related emotions and behaviors
  • Beans Boost your Bodies Protection- Damaged cells can potentially cause cancer but the phytochemicals found in beans can provide added cell protection
  • Artichokes Keep you on your A-Game with Weight-loss- Low in calories and proven to lower cholesterol
  • Reduce the numbers on the scale with Red Grapefruit- Eat a ½ grapefruit with each meal for 12 weeks and lose an average 3.5 pounds!  Additionally, grapefruits have the antioxidant lycopene which protects against cancer.
  • Save your memory with Cinnamon- Can inhibit the production of Alzheimer’s disease cells
  • Choose Cherries- Loaded with anthocyanins, dark cherries can reduce belly fat, blood sugar and your cholesterol count.
  • Fight Aging with Figs- the antioxidants in figs stay in the blood for 4 hours
  • Bone Strength pays off with Prunes- we need mineral boron and vitamin K for strong bones and prunes have both.
  • Reduce Wrinkles with Watermelon- sunburns are not healthy for your skin but luckily watermelon has lycopene giving 33% more UV protection over other fruits.
  • Help your Heart with Dark Chocolate- increases relaxation capabilities of blood vessels by reducing platelet activation due to the high amount of flavonoids in the chocolate.

Fruits and Veggies are the way to go!  Always make sure you get your daily dose of Vitamins A, C and E which are among the most effective skin-protecting antioxidants. They neutralize free radicals resulting from or generated by sunlight, pollution and smoking that can damage skin. In other words, antioxidants help protect skin from environmental damage.

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AVON Solutions Winter Moisturizing Mask-Vitamin A, C and E-fortified, super-hydrating replenisher. Immediately moisturizes and retexturizes skin. ONLY $6.00

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September 22, 2010

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Vitamin E- First of all, because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin e is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals. It is believed that vitamin e is most effective in its natural alcohol form rather than its acetate form where it is a less effective antioxidant. Watch for this in the labelling of skin care products. Vitamin E added to lotions, creams, and other skin care products, as well as taken orally, plays a role in the anti-aging of skin. It helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, free radicals are believed to play an important role in skin aging and therefore the antioxidant activity is quite valuable for this skin problem.

 

Carrot- Vitamin A is essential for tissue growth in the body. Carrots contain vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Therefore, with daily intake of carrot juice, one doesn’t need to take vitamin A supplements.  Carrot is an excellent natural antioxidant. which slow down the process of aging by scavenging on free radicals. These free radicals cause many health problems like eczema, dermatitis, wrinkles and even rashes.  One of the most important carrot benefits for skin, is that it fights sun damage. Carrots contain carotenoids and powerful antioxidants. Carotenoids help to protect, and condition the skin. Antioxidants in carrots increase the skin’s immunity against sun and also help in healing sunburn. Vitamin C in carrots help in collagen production in the body. Collagen is an essential protein for skin elasticity. Collagen helps to prevent wrinkles and locks the process of aging.  Another known sobriquet for carrot is herbal healer. Carrot juice is beneficial in preventing and curing of scars.  Carrot has anti-inflammatory property, and helps to revitalize and tone the skin.

Apricot- Studies have shown that apricots can  help in curing skin diseases. It can be applied with beneficial results in scabies,  eczema, sun-burn and itching of the skin due to high exposure to sun.  It also makes the skin look fresh, glowing and healthy.

 

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