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Superfood with antioxidants: They are vital

By Charles Hopkins Published 10/14/2006 | Food & Drink

Oxygen, can you do without it? In the normal respiration process all animals including man inhales oxygen to sustain their life. Even plants do take in oxygen as a part of respiration but they intake carbon dioxide to manufacture their own food and release oxygen during photosynthesis. This is how the balance between oxygen, the life-giving component of air and carbon dioxide is created.

As a part of respiratory cycles between plants and animals, the play of the major gases take place in the particular way stated above. But where lies the importance of oxygen in the human body? Does the inhaled oxygen fulfill every need?

Here comes the play of antioxidants, which determines the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) value required by the body for different purposes. To maintain the strength of body and active functioning of the vital organs, antioxidants are as important as oxygen; without which you wouldnt be alive for a single second. And the rich sources of antioxidants are provided by the natural foods we eat. Recent researchers have detected that superfoods serve your body with rich antioxidants, thereby  reducing the formation of free radicals in the body and thus maintains your health and inhibits you to grow older at an early age.

Superfood list to cater the antioxidant need

v     Anthocyannins is a type of antioxidant that is vital for your body. A group of berries contain this antioxidant in large amounts. So you must include black berries and blueberries in your diet to meet the need of this particular antioxidant.

v     ORAC value is in another set of berries that include your favorite cherries, strawberries, raspberries and cranberries. Have these berries from time to time.

v     Grapes are liked by most. Though previously you have been driven by the sweet juice of the little fruit, now you must have them for antioxidants. Grapes contain proanthocyanadins, which fights with the free radicals and stops them from forming. The grape is a great superfood that keeps your heart well, your brain steady and your mind refreshed. What more do you need for an active life full of charm and spirit?

v     Herbal tea or green tea is superb to supply your body with antioxidants. Catechin and EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) are the major types of antioxidants found in green tea. These are also referred as super-antioxidants and have a great role to play in the healing activity first and also support in the boosting of your immune system. Even you can give this tea to the kids because of its medicinal value.

v     Well, something green from the heart of nature cannot be ignored as a superfood and also a great provider of antioxidant. You must include Spirulina, a protein rich superfood into the diet chart.

v     Spinach is another green superfood that contains lutein. This is a particular antioxidant that keeps your eyes healthy and protects them from cataract diseases. Spinach is a must for kids, women and elderly people. Overall it can be consumed by anyone and everyone.

v     And in fruits watermelon and pineapple have most antioxidants. Watermelon has been regarded as a super fruit in the superfood list. You can have a glass or two of watermelon juice regularly. For children and pregnant women, this is a must in their diet chart.

You have a brief idea regarding antioxidants and their importance for your healthy living. You have also got a list of superfoods to meet your need. Now remember one thing, eating these is entirely at your discretion, but would you not like to look young when you cross the borderlines of youth? Decide it for yourself!