Sources of Antioxidants

January 17, 2008 by Kitchen Table Medicine  
Filed under Antioxidants, Fruits and Veggies

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

Vitamin C
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

Vitamin E
Avocados, leafy greens (fresh spinach, kale, collard)
Mango, apricot
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:


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9 Responses to “Sources of Antioxidants”

  1. Dan Edwards on January 23rd, 2008 10:38 am

    That list is great! It makes it easy to incorporate these items into meals and lunches!

  2. Kitchen Table Medicine on January 23rd, 2008 2:24 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Dan :D

    Dr. Nicole

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