We love Autumn and you should too. Why? Well, the weather is just great for outdoor activities (you don’t have any heat waves), the landscapes are amazing for hikes or walks and the food is packed with vitamins and other healthy substances. If you’re planning to make a diet full of autumn superfoods and antioxidant-packed meals, read on because you’ll find a lot of options to boost your health.
What are antioxidants and why are they so important?
Antioxidants are substances found in nature or created by man that can fight cell damage. If we’re going even more deep, we could say antioxidants are a behavior of compounds that donate electrons and counteract free radicals. You can find a lot of antioxidants in fruits and vegetables, marine plants and seafood.
Examples of antioxidants: vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, lycopene. They can be produced and consumed in natural supplement form.
The bottom line is that antioxidants fight free radicals damage (which leads to blood vessel disease, cancer and other conditions) that can happen without us even know it from breaking down some medicine, normal processes in our bodies and through pollution. It is recommended to take your dose of antioxidants from foods but if that can’t be achieved, you could improve your antioxidant intake with the help of natural supplements.
Autumn superfoods that are also rich in antioxidants
Besides having a high H2O content (over 91% water), broccoli is also a good source of antioxidants. Broccoli contains vitamin C, E and calcium minerals. You can mix it with beta-carotene high foods in soups or other type of meals.
Who doesn’t love garlic, right? We love to add garlic in foods thanks to its specific taste but did you know it’s also packed with vitamins A, B, C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium and zinc, making it high in antioxidants and good against viruses that thrive in cold weather.
They taste great, are healthy snacks and contain many antioxidants. If you want to get the variety with the most antioxidants, go for Fuji apples. They have the highest concentration of phenolics and flavanoids. You can apples alone as a snack or add the to salads, risottos or other autumn food.
Autumn has some amazing fruit to offer, right? Besides apples, pears are also a good source of antioxidants thanks to their high concentration of vitamin C. They also have a lot of fiber and a source of copper making you feel full faster and for longer periods of time. Pears help the body produce collagen and enables it to use the available antioxidants.
The fruit is known for its health benefits and there are a lot of studies being done to test the full health potential. Some people say that pomegranates is rich in antioxidants that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular complications (heart attacks). Other studies point out how pomegranates may help prevent colon and breast cancer. It takes a long time to deseed them but the result is delicious.
Autumn’s most known member of the squash family, the pumpkin is high in alpha- and beta-carotene which serve as antioxidants when fighting free radicals. Pumpkin seeds also have health benefits thanks to their high alpha-linolenic acid content (omega-3 fatty acid) that may help people suffering from heart disease.
You can read more about how pumpkin seeds boost metabolism and improve overall health.
These foods are great but some of us don’t have the chance to get a steady and healthy intake of autumn fruits and vegetables. We agree that you’re best chance to get a full spectrum of antioxidants is through a balanced diet of autumn fruit and vegetables but if you fail to do that, you have an alternative. You should consider adding a natural supplement rich in antioxidants to your diet.
The Super Antioxidant formula from Activa Naturals can reduce the effect of allergies and repair the damaged molecules in your body naturally. It will surely help you fight free radicals and it contains only healthy and natural substances such as: Acai Fruti, Goji Berry, Pomengrenate, Wild Black Cherry Fruit Powder and others.
Protect crucial cells in your body from free-radical invasion, effectively supporting a happy, healthy lifestyle!
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