Need a Detox? Try 4 of the Most Antioxidant-Rich Foods
We have all heard how beneficial antioxidants are for our health. They have been found to reduce the effects of free radicals on the skin, which prevents aging and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidants and can be found in the vitamins and minerals of common fruits and vegetables.
Here are four of the top antioxidant foods, why you should add them to your diet, and some of the best ways to eat them.
1. Red Beans
Red beans are number one on the USDA list of antioxidant-rich foods and are also packed with fiber and vitamin B. Buy them as small, uncooked beans, not a pre-cooked variety. You will need to soak them over night in order to cook them easily the next day. Simply simmer the beans in water until tender. Throw them in with some taco meat and eat in a tortilla with shredded cheese, low fat sour cream, and veggies.
Packed with vitamins A, B, C, and E, blueberries are well-known as a skin super food. Blueberries help lower cholesterol, which reduces stomach fat, and prevent the degeneration of neurons in the brain. Sprinkle them on yogurt or cereal in the morning to refresh your digestive system and help protect your skin throughout the day.
Drink antioxidant-rich cranberries alone in some sugar-free cranberry juice, or mixed with lemon water or tea. Cranberries are heart healthy and prevent bladder and urinary tract infections, so they are a definite plus for the ladies.
Artichokes are high in fiber and reduce cholesterol. They are delicious boiled and dipped in some garlic butter. Or try chopping up the hearts and add them into chicken alfredo sauce.
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