Sources of Antioxidants
Every day we come in contact with air pollution, tobacco smoke, radiation, sunlight, X-rays, herbicides, pesticides, and solvents found in cleaning fluids, paints and furniture polish. These contain environmental toxins that cause damage to cell membranes and make the body more susceptible to diseases such as, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, cataracts, and allergies. Fried, barbecued and charbroiled foods can have the same effect.
Disease prevention begins with eating a diet rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body against cell membrane damage that can lead to disease and they slow the aging process. In addition to eating an antioxidant-rich diet, reducing the amount of exposure to sources of environmental and dietary toxins is also important.
The major antioxidant nutrients and their dietary sources are:
Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
Cantaloupe, fresh or dried apricots, mangoes and persimmon
Broccoli, carrots (and juice), leafy greens (spinach, kale, mustard, collard, swiss chard), pumpkin, sweet potatoes, squash
Blackberries and raspberries, citrus fruits and juices (oranges and grapefruits), melons (especially cantaloupe), papaya, kiwi, mangoes, strawberries
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, cabbage), leafy greens (mustard, turnip, kale, collard), red and green peppers, sweet potatoes, with skin, tomatoes and tomato juice
Avocados, leafy greens (fresh spinach, kale, collard)
Fish and shellfish
Nuts, seeds, wheat germ
Wheat germ, corn, sunflower, and soybean oils
Brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower seeds
Garlic, blackstrap molasses
Eggs, halibut, oysters, salmon, tuna, scallops, snapper, clams, ground beef, chicken breast
Source: Bastyr Students
For more information on healthy foods you can pick up a copy of ”The Encylopedia of Healing Foods” by Drs. Murray and Pizzorno:Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor at Fountain Hills Naturopathic Medicine 16719 E Palisades Blvd, Suite 205, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.
She believes we should utilize natural medicines to treat the root cause of disease rather than just treating symptoms, as symptoms are a message of imbalance sent from the body and will persist until they are properly addressed.
For appointments please visit http://FHnaturopathic.com for more information about Naturopathic Medicine services.
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