By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
It’s common knowledge that antioxidants protect us from dangerous substances called free radicals that can lead to many chronic diseases. Science touts antioxidants and their role in everything from preventing cancer and heart disease to boosting the immune system and slowing the aging process.
AgingCare.com has asked top doctors to give their choices for antioxidant-rich foods and drinks that lead to major health benefits.
Blueberries are at the top of the list for every doctor surveyed. Dr. Richard J. Flanigan, director of the Heart and Health Sciences Center and assistant clinical professor of cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, explains why: “Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. Blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. The powerful compounds in blueberries belong to the flavonoid family. These combat free radical damage linked to heart disease and cancer. Studies show blueberries may boost your brain power also. Blueberries, like cranberries, also fight off urinary tract infections.”
Green tea is another antioxidant-rich choice, says Dr. Narinder Duggal, medical director of Liberty Bay Internal Medicine and teacher at the University of Washington, Seattle. “Green tea contains a unique antioxidant called EGCG, which stands for epigallocatchin-gallate. These antioxidants are only found in green tea, which help eradicate free radicals and slow the aging process.”
Top 14 Antioxidant-Rich Foods For Super Health Benefits originally appeared on AgingCare.com