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Health Benefits of Antioxidants

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Health Benefits of Antioxidants

How Antioxidants Support Your Health

Although many people have heard that antioxidants are good for your health, what exactly do they do to help support our health and wellness? The experts at St. John’s are here to shed some light on this compound.

What Are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are man-made or naturally occurring compounds that help to prevent or delay cellular damage. These substances help to remove free radicals from the body, which have the potential to cause serious illness.

Many health professionals use them for treatments of stroke and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. They have also been helpful in treating brain injuries and may slow and even prevent development of various cancers.

Antioxidant-Rich Foods

There are numerous choices for antioxidant-rich foods, but which ones are really the best? The USDA tested over 100 foods from all categories and developed an authoritative list of the top 20:

  • Small red beans
  • Wild blueberries
  • Red kidney beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Cultivated blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Artichokes
  • Blackberries
  • Prunes
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Red delicious apples
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Pecans
  • Sweet cherries
  • Black plums
  • Russet potatoes
  • Black beans
  • Plums
  • Gala apples
  • Dark leafy greens

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