The Benefits of Antioxidants
by Cindy Collins, PhD, RD
Antioxidants are a wonderful way to support as well as assist in repair of our biological functions. Three vitamins are particularly powerful antioxidants. They are Vitamins A,C and E. When included in the diet at an optimal level, these antioxidants carry out many important tasks.
Below you will find the roles and the best food source for each:
• Vitamin A (Beta-carotene) supports vision, bone growth, and the immune system. Some food sources include carrots, spinach, kale, cantaloupe, apricots, papaya, mango, and tomatoes.
• Vitamin C repairs cells, arterial walls, and boosts the immune system. Some food sources include peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, oranges, strawberries, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce, and kiwi.
• Vitamin E optimizes heart, eye and brain functions. Some excellent food choices are almonds, spinach, mango, wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, olive oil, and hazelnuts.
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