12 Antioxidant Superfoods You Already Buy

12 Antioxidant Superfoods You Already Buy

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That vibrant red color is caused by lycopene, an antioxidant that's good for your eyes.  For the highest dose of antioxidants, cook the tomatoes into sauce.

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Carrot sticks with lunch are a childhood habit worth continuing straight into your adult years (be warned, though, you'll have trouble getting coworkers to trade for their snacks). Just don't go overboard, or you'll be fake tan-orange from the antioxidant beta-carotene.

 

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Garlic does more than keep vampires away and your cholesterol in check. It also contains the antioxidant selenium, which protects the heart. Just be sure to check your breath afterwards.

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Cranberries aren’t just for Thanksgiving or mixing the dried, sweetened berries into trail mix. The tart little berries also contain high levels of antioxidants.

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An apple a day keeps the doctor and heart disease away, not to mention the antioxidants coming. Be sure to buy red apples, which contain more antioxidants than green or yellow ones. Oh, and don't peel them—the skin is where the goods are.

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Although their place in chili is hotly debated by aficionados, nobody argues that these beans belong on any good list of antioxidant sources. They're also great for your skin, thanks to the generous amounts of vitamin E they contain.

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Blueberries are marketed as a “superfood” for good reason. Not only do they contain higher levels of antioxidants (the darker the berry, the more antioxidants it contains) than many other berries, they're also high in potassium, vitamin C and phytoflavinoids, and have anti-inflammatory traits.

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Oranges are a great source of vitamin C. Oranges’ health benefits include lowering blood pressure and boosting the immune system.

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Research shows that, in addition to providing antioxidants, eating strawberries can help the blood to carry more of them. Like you really needed an excuse to buy them, anyway (it's shortcake season!).

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Chocolate is good for your craving and for your health. The catch here is that the more processed and sweetened it is (hello, Hershey!), the fewer antioxidants remain in the chocolate.

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Throw a tea party for your health. Tea’s antioxidants are good for the skin both inside and out. Green tea and black tea both contain antioxidants, but different types.

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Coffee is the top source of antioxidants for many Americans, mainly because they drink so much of it. The average American drinks three cups of coffee a day.

12 Antioxidant Superfoods You Already Buy