Tomatoes are very rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. [Photo/modernfarmer.com]
An antioxidant is a molecule that constrains the oxidation of other molecules. If oxidation takes place, there is the production of free radicals, leading to chain reactions that may damage cells.
Antioxidants, therefore, help prevent cell damage caused by oxidants. Daily intake of anti-oxidants also helps in boosting the body’s immunity to protect you from heart, eye and memory problems as well as mood disorders.
So what should one eat?
Tomatoes are packed with three types of antioxidants– Lycopene (that gives tomato its bright red colour), Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Vitamin C is one of the most potent kinds of antioxidants that you can derive from fruits and vegetables. They contain nutrients that act as body cleansers. They are good for your skin and contain vitamin B and potassium which are good for your heart and kidney.
Broccoli is one of the best sources of antioxidants such as carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene compared to other vegetables. The best way to cook broccoli is by steaming it. Remember that some antioxidants such as Vitamin C are completely destroyed by heat while others such as beta-carotene become more potent in cooking the vegetable.
Beetroot contains betalain antioxidant an anti-inflammatory and fungicidal which helps in detoxification. Betalain is also believed to protect against cancer.
Strawberries are very rich in antioxidant power which can fight carcinogens and bad cholesterol that is known to cause heart disease. Strawberries contain anthocyanins, the antioxidants that protect against cardiovascular diseases.
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