If you’ve seen my video or read my blog post about superfoods, then you already know just how super they really are. Because of their exceptionally high antioxidant content, eating them regularly can keep you protected against free radicals that can cause damage or death to your body’s cells.
Of course, some superfoods have more antioxidants than others. We put them on our version of the X-Factor’s Six Chair Challenge and here’s a quick look at the TOP SIX:
A cup of strawberries has 5,938 antioxidants while a cup of raspberries has 6,058. Berries are also rich in ellagic acid, a phytochemical that can eliminate the common cancer-causing agents found in our diet and surroundings. Bilberries, goji berries and many other types of berries also rank high in terms of antioxidants.
Multiple studies show that blueberries may reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and safeguard cells from damage. A cup of wild blueberries offers 13,427 antioxidants – various flavonoids and vitamins A and C. These nutrients can give you an additional protection against serious health problems like cancer and heart disease.
It’s no secret that chocolate can get rid of cramping and pains – (in this article, you will also learn how to make your own healthy version of chocolate with my FREE recipe!). And aside from its high magnesium content, chocolates have a considerably high amount of antioxidants. Varieties of dark chocolate, which contain less sugar and have a high amount of cocoa are the best source.
Blue, purple and red grapes are all rich in antioxidants. With more than 2,000 antioxidants per cup, dark-colored grapes have the power to ward off severe health problems like cancer and heart disease. Anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin, the two types of phytochemicals most common in grapes can give your immune system a good boost.
It’s amazing how balanced nuts are in terms of nutrition. Aside from offering a good amount of protein and carbohydrates, nuts are rich in healthy fats. Walnuts, in particular, are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Each type of nut has a unique profile of nutrients and phytochemicals.
6. Dark Green Vegetables
When it comes to antioxidants, dark green veggies like broccoli, kale and spinach are always great choices. Aside from being rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium and vitamins A, C and E, these superfoods are excellent sources of antioxidants such as kaempferol, a phytochemical which may help dilate blood vessels and fight off serious health conditions.