Today’s fast-paced lifestyle sees many people eating a variety of foods; from fast food burgers, on-the-go foods like wraps, sugary treats to curb the sweet tooth and indulgent carbohydrate-rich pastries. A diet that is varied is encouraged, but often, the wrong kinds of variety are enjoyed because of convenience and cravings. Free radicals are found in the body and if left unchallenged, can cause a host of illnesses and diseases.
Typically, the body naturally produces antioxidants to combat these free radicals by counteracting their damaging effects. More often than not though, there are more free radicals in the body than antioxidants. Antioxidants are mostly found in fresh fruit and vegetables, and balance between free radicals and antioxidants is made by combination of an external supply of antioxidant and the naturally produced supply.
Spices are another food item that are high in antioxidants and are incredibly easy to include in your day to day meals. Here are the top eight spices that are high in antioxidants:
Basil is part of the mint family and has one of the highest antioxidant counts. It is an excellent source of beta-carotene and is also favoured for being anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting and pain- and fever-reducing.
Cinnamon is a great spice for increasing insulin sensitivity, lowering cholesterol, fighting inflammation and assisting with slowing down cancerous tumour growth.
Chilli packs a powerful punch, both in flavour and in antioxidants. It is has strong anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being an anti-carcinogen.
Ginger adds an interesting flavour to many meals and can often be found to curb motion and morning sickness, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, and reduce joint pain and inflammation, and arthritis.
Cloves may be small but with the highest levels of antioxidants, they’re an excellent spice to have on hand. They help relieve bronchitis, asthma, TB, nausea and diarrhoea.
The red devil, paprika has been thought to assist with helping fight cardiovascular problems, prevent cancer and reduce arthritis and inflammation.
Turmeric has long been used to enhance the flavours of curries and may assist with preventing the development of Alzheimer’s disease and reducing cholesterol levels.
8) Mustard Seeds
Mustard seeds are another spice that are tiny but powerful. These little guys may be able to help with everything from allergies to arthritis and may even enhance digestion and prevent cancer.
Antioxidants provide your body with an additional layer of immunity and increase the coating of cells in the body, making them better at fighting viruses and infections. By making a concerted effort to include antioxidants in your diet, you can help reduce your chances of cancer, lower blood pressure, improve blood flow and ensure a healthy heart.
The festive season can be an indulgent one, so it’s the ideal season to up your family’s intake of high-antioxidant foods to keep your immune systems strong, your skins glowing and general health good for the festivities.
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