Want to Eat More Antioxidants? Start With These 15!
This tip is courtesy of Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging: Your Online Guide to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. For more nutrition and health guidance, start your 14-day free trial now!
Antioxidants help counter oxidative stress, and may boost your immune system and decrease your risk of infection. The best source of antioxidant vitamins and minerals is a wholesome, colorful, varied diet that includes plenty of fresh (preferably organic) fruits, vegetables and nuts.
The following list, originally published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ranked the top food sources of antioxidants based on serving size. Add them to your grocery list!
- Artichokes (prepared)
- Ground cloves
- Grape juice
- Chocolate, baking, unsweetened
- Cranberry juice
- Sour cherries
- Red wine
Other antioxidant-rich choices include prunes, dark unsweetened chocolate, cooked red cabbage, orange juice, and spinach. Most of these foods will also be found on the Dirty Dozen foods that contain a higher amount of pesticides when not grown organically. Always opt for organic, but if on a budget prioritize this list with the Environmental Working Group’s list of preferred organic produce.