We all know how important antioxidants are for our health and our bodies. They help our bodies fight unstable oxygen molecules known as free radicals, which are responsible for a host of chronic illnesses.

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The best foods for fighting free radicals have high levels of vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and flavonoids to neutralize free radicals. All of the following foods are nutrient-rich, full of antioxidants, and  help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Dark Beans

Small red beans tops the list of antioxidant packed beans, with pinto and kidney beans close behind. Enjoy these beans in a simple red salad that includes cherry tomatoes and diced red onion.

Dark Chocolate and Cacao

Dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao content, and unsweetened cocoa powder a rich in antioxidants. Heating chocolate destroys some of it’s health benefits, so try blending some into your fruit smoothie (great with berry smoothies).

Pecan

This nut is rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage. Best enjoyed raw as a snack, or as a crunchy topping to a spinach and strawberry salad.

Red Grapes

Red and purple grapes are more potent than their green counterparts when it comes to antioxidants. Slice some up and add them to some raw organic plain yogurt to give it some natural sweetness.

Apple

Apples contain phytochemicals called polyphenols which make them a great source of antioxidants, but make sure you keep the skin on. The skin has a much higher dose of antioxidants than the flesh. Cut some up and mix it into your next bowl of steel cut oats.

Plum

With their high vitamin C content and phenolic compounds, plums offer us significant antioxidant protection. They’re great on their own, or mixed into a fruit salad for an added health boost.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This oil is not only heart healthy, but it has a high concentration of polyphenols which give it both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Don’t lose any of the goodness by cooking with it, use it to lightly dress your next salad.

Winter Squash

Packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C, these gourds have incredible antioxidant properties. Roast them in the oven with some olive oil, salt, and pepper for an excellent side dish.

Carrot

Not only are carrots full of beta-carotene, but they contain more carotenoids than any other vegetable. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help protect against cancers, heart disease, and cataracts. Carrots are best enjoyed raw or lightly steamed to take advantage of all their antioxidant goodness.

Sweet Potato

Like the carrot, this root vegetable is full of the antioxidant beta-carotene which is also essential for healthy skin and vision and to support immunity. Substitute them for regular potatoes next time you make mashed potatoes, but avoid the use of milk or butter; they are sweet enough on their own.

Kiwi

Kiwifruit is one of the most well known powerhouses when it comes to vitamin C, but it is also rich in vitamin E and lutein. Kiwi delivers a huge dose of antioxidants and nourishes friendly bacteria in the gut. We think that this fruit is perfect as it is, and that’s the way we prefer to eat them.

Coffee and Tea

Both are full of flavonoids, a plant-derived antioxidant that stops the oxidative damage done to cells, but coffee actually contains more than tea. Enjoy them as is, sweetening with organic honey only if really necessary. 

Clove

Because of it’s high levels of phenolic compounds, cloves have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Be careful when using this spice, as it has a very strong taste, a little goes a long way.

Sweet Cherries

Cherries are rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that helps modulate inflammation and also acts as an antihistamine, reducing the effect of allergies in people. We love cherries crushed on a piece of whole grain toast, beats sugary jams and jellies any day.

Dark, Leafy Greens

These greens a packed with folate and antioxidants the help decrease inflammation, as well as chlorophyll that helps the body’s ability to detoxify. Steam these and dress them lightly with some extra virgin olive oil and some sea salt and pepper for a great warm salad.

These foods are great ways to get your body some antioxidants easily as well as deliciously. Eating to your health never sounded so good

Source: 

http://bembu.com/foods-that-lower-blood-pressure

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