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Undoubtedly, natural sources of antioxidants like blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, artichokes, spinach, and others are considered the most effective and the richest in these valuable natural disease-fighting compounds. However, these natural sources of antioxidants are not always available, therefore, scientists offer us pay attention on other common foods rich in antioxidants. Below, check out the list of top 8 sources of antioxidants beyond fruit and vegetables. The list was created and approved by leading American nutritionists, including the experts of American Dietetic Association.
1.Eggs. Though eggs should not be considered the richest source of antioxidants (namely lutein, which can protect us from cataracts and other problems with the eyes), it was found out that the lutein from egg yolks can be absorbed way more effectively than the lutein we can receive, for example, from spinach. It is estimated that lutein that we get from egg yolk is digested 3 times more effectively than the one we receive from leafy greens.
2. Whole Grain Pasta. This is one of the top foods rich in antioxidants since whole grains, according to the specialists at the University of Scranton, have about three times more antioxidants than special antioxidant-enriched foods. A number of studies have shown that whole grain foods consumption is linked to lower risks of heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.
3. Popcorn. This food is exceptionally rich in polyphenols, natural compounds with ultimate cancer-fighting properties. The benefits of popcorn in this framework are pretty much the same as the antioxidant benefits of whole grains.
4. Yogurt. This is one of the foods rich in antioxidants, vitamin B complex and minerals like calcium. Moreover, it is considered great for promoting antioxidant activities as it assists in creating a favorable environment for destroying free radicals, increasing its cancer-preventing properties and other activities of such antioxidants as glutathione. By consuming just 1 cup of low fat yogurt a day you can satisfy a quarter of your daily need of riboflavin.
5. Organic Milk. According to the findings of a recent British study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, drinking organic milk can provide your body not only with calcium and vitamin E, but also with valuable natural antioxidants and carotenoids.
6.Canned Beans. Consuming canned beans, especially small red and dark canned beans on a regular basis, is linked to improved amounts of antioxidants, better antioxidant activities, lower effects of free radicals and lower risks of suffering from such factor as DNA damage in the body.
7. Canola Oil. Scientists of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found out that canola oil has quite high content of antioxidant alphatocopherol, which plays a role in controlling the levels of bad LDL cholesterol and slowing down the activities of free radicals. Small daily consumption of this oil can improve cancer-fighting properties of antioxidants and lower the risks of developing heart disease.
8. Natural Sweeteners. The are the last in the list of the foods rich in antioxidants, though using honey or maple syrup instead of refined sugar can provide your body with quite a good portion of antioxidants.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.