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List Of Antioxidants and Antioxidant Vegetables for A Healthier You

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The following list of antioxidants is a selection of green super food based in their health benefits. The health and the appearance of the skin will improve by eating a variety of these antioxidant greens.

Avocado

Avocado is one of my favorite antioxidant vegetables, I just love the taste! And is one of the most beneficial for the skin, too. Avocados are originally from Latin America, and were brought to Europe by the Spanish. Their main components are water and good fats; Is high in calories, so try to eat less if you are keeping an eye on your figure. Avocados have many health benefits, they are high in monounsaturated fats, which are good to prevent the arteries from clogging. This green super food also contains fiber, potassium and folic acid.

Health Benefits Of Avocados

  • Prevent heart related conditions
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Good for diabetics
  • Good source of vitamins E and C and carotenoids
  • Boost circulation
  • Protect vision from diseases, including cataracts
  • Moisturize the skin inside out
  • Rich in antioxidants such as glutathione which protects the body from some age related conditions

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the best antioxidants and are considered fruits-vegetables because their sugar content is superior to other vegetables. Tomatoes are mainly water and are very low in calories, which is excellent if you are trying to lose weight. This natural antioxidant food is a good source of vitamin C and the essential antioxidant alpha-lipoic-acid. Tomatoes also contain “lycopene” which are antioxidant red pigments, that protect the organism from some forms of cancer, such as prostate cancer and heart related conditions. Lycopene from tomatoes is better absorbed by the body, if it’s processed or cooked (fry, roast, sauce). So eating pizzas, tomato ketchup, pasta and food containing tomatoes will boost your antioxidant levels, just try to eat healthier versions, as processed food is full of preservatives and high in calories.

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Broccoli

Broccoli often top the list of antioxidants, but you will have to add some flavour to it because is a bit tasteless. The main component in broccoli is water, so is very low in calories. Is a good source of vitamin C, calcium, folic acid, pro-vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin E.

 Broccoli Health Benefits

  • Good for the correct development of the nervous system
  • Lowers the risk of cancer
  • Stimulates the liver
  • It has antibiotic properties
  • It has antiviral properties
  • Help to fight infections
  • Good for eye-sight
  • Improves collagen production

Peppers

Peppers are also included in this list of super foods. Great antioxidants with a variety of colours: yellow, green, red, orange. Peppers are originally from Latin America, and their main component is water, so they are very low in calories. Peppers, especially the red ones, are an excellent source of vitamin C, having even more vitamin c content than citrus fruits and strawberries. This antioxidant vegetables are also a good source of vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamins B such as B1, B2, B3, B6. Peppers contain phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium.

Health Benefits Of Peppers

  • Good for teeth and bones
  • Boost the immune system
  • Boost eyesight function
  • Good for the correct development of the nervous system
  • Boost collagen production, improving hair and skin condition

 Garlic

Garlic form part of these list of antioxidants and have many health benefits. The phytochemicals that garlic contains protects the organism from:

  • Some forms of cancers
  • Heart related conditions
  • Infections, due to the antibacterial properties
  • Hypertension, by thinning the blood
  • Improves digestion
  • Fight off colds
  • Skin disorders

 Garlic is widely used in the Mediterranean diet to improve dishes flavor, just don’t eat too much or vampires won’t be the only ones running away from you.

 Carrots

Carrots belong to the list of antioxidants because they are rich in carotenoids which give them their orange colour. Carrots content potent antioxidants, which protect our body from several diseases, and our skin from external factors such as sunlight. Their main content is water, which means that carrots are very low in calories. Carrots help to moisturize the skin and intensify suntan.  These antioxidant vegetables are rich in vitamin A.

Health Benefits of Carrots

  • Improve eyesight, bones, hair and skin
  • Could reduce the risk of heart related conditions
  • Have anti-cancerous properties
  • Boost the immune system

 Cabbage

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable typical of the winter months, with plenty of antioxidants; is rich in vitamins, minerals, water and fiber. In their composition we can find “sulphur compounds”, which are potent antioxidants, and responsible for the characteristic smell of the cabbage when is cooked.

Cabbage is rich in vitamin C, and in lower amounts of vitamin A and potassium, sodium, calcium, iron. Researchers have found that consuming cabbage regularly, diminish the risk of colon and breast cancer.

Other Health Benefits Of Cabbage

  • Anti-bacterial properties
  • Detoxifier
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-diuretic

 Very low in calories, cabbage can be prepared in many ways. Incorporate as many as you can of these list of antioxidants in your daily diet and you will improve your health and skin in no time.

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