We constantly hear about them. Superfoods are packed with them. We know they’re good for us, but why? Here’s our top 5 reasons we’re crazy for antioxidants and think you should be too:
In all cases, antioxidants help to “neutralize” free radicals, or unstable molecules that cause damage (oxidative stress) to cells, tissues, and DNA. Antioxidants can be found in vitamins A, C, and E, minerals, likes selenium, zinc, and copper, and phytonutrients, including lycopene, lutein, and lignans. To get these nutrients, fill up on plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, herbs, spices, fish, and nuts and always remember, food should come first! Supplements aren’t always as effective as the whole foods itself, so its best to eat a variety of foods to reach optimum intake and only rely on supplements when you need to.