We’ve all heard of antioxidants being good for us but what exactly are they, how much do we need, and what are the best sources to get these magical substances.
Firstly, oxidative stress causes free radicals that we are exposed to daily. Free radicals can cause damage to proteins, DNA, and cells that if not fought off can lead to disease. This is where antioxidants come in, the naturally found substance protects our cells from damage. Cells can be damaged naturally through aging which is also reduced by antioxidants like vitamin C that is a common ingredient in anti-aging serums.
Research suggests that on average we need 8-11,000 antioxidants per day in order to not experience damage from oxidative stress. You may be wondering, how and where am I going to get that many! Lucky for you, I have compiled 10 easy ways to get your antioxidant units daily even on those busy work days.
Red beans, Kidney Beans, Pinto beans
Beans are an easy food to add into your meals if you're already making some pasta or salad add in a cup of beans or even into soups and stews!
2. Dark Chocolate
Yes CHOCOLATE - I repeat dark CHOCOLATE
What else is there to say there is nothing easier than just grabbing a few pieces of dark chocolate to get those extra antioxidants in for the day and a nice rich flavour.
Pecans can be added into salads for an extra crunch and extra antioxidants.
Namely Blueberries, Goji Berries, Elderberries and Strawberries ( all of which you can find in The Amazing Company Teas)
Skip the banana you usually grab and have a bowl of berries instead or buy frozen berries and toss them in a smoothie to amp up your antioxidants.
5. Matcha Green Tea
You can add matcha into smoothies, drink it as a latte, or just a regular tea that can get you those antioxidants.
6. Black Tea
There are a lot of black tea lovers out there so keep having your morning tea to aid in your antioxidant units.
You can roast them on the BBQ, chop them up and add them to sauces, or even just cook them as a nice side dish for your dinner.
8. Spices & Herbs - Sumac, Cloves, Nutmeg, Cinnamon
-Oregano, Thyme, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage
Spices are an easy way to get in antioxidants you can add them into your food or drinking them in teas and smoothies!
Adding herbs to your meals for extra flavour will also give you extra antioxidants so a two for one deal on a delicious meal!
9. Kale & Spinach
Add these two leafy greens to anything! A sandwich, skip the lettuce and make a kale salad, blend them in a smoothie and you can't even taste them.. the list goes on of the ways to use these to take your antioxidant game up.
We’ve already talked about turmeric in these blogs but this holy grail spice can be added into food, smoothies, and tea in order to pump up the antioxidants.
Hopefully, now that you’ve got a few easy add on ideas you’ll go out and get your antioxidants in to maintain a healthy functioning immune system whilst also keeping yourself young!
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