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Naturally beautiful - Eat your way to health and beauty

Include these antioxidant-rich foods full of yummy goodness in your diet
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - May 20, 2010
By: Goh Mei Yi
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Naturally beautiful - Eat your way to health and beauty

Antioxidants are said to neutralise damage caused by free radicals in the body, and can help prevent diseases, reduce blood pressure, and slow down the effects of ageing. Fruits, vegetables and grains are rich sources of antioxidants, so include them in your diet to give your overall health and skin a boost.

Berries


The pigments that give various berries their blue and red hues are good for your health. Berries contain minerals, vitamins, phytochemicals and flavonoids that may help to prevent some forms of cancer and heart disease.


Broccoli


Broccoli, like other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and cauliflower, contains beta carotene, a carotenoid, and the phytonutrient sulforaphane and indoles, which have anti-cancer effects.


Tomatoes


Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, which research has shown to help protect cells. Lycopene is reportedly able to prevent heart disease and some cancers. Vitamins C, A, niacin and potassium are also present in tomatoes.


Carrots


Carrots are rich in beta carotene, vitamins C, D, E, potassium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals. Some of the known phytonutrients in carrots are lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin. Lutein is thought to prevent age-related eye diseases.


Garlic


Garlic is packed with antioxidants and compounds that can help fend off cancer and heart disease. Studies have shown that garlic also helps in lowering cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure and keeping blood from clotting.


Whole grains


Vitamin E, selenium and phytic acid found in whole grains have antioxidant effects. Eating more whole grains could lower the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.


Green tea


Green tea contains high concentrations of catechin polyphenols, an antioxidant that seems able to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, lower cholesterol levels, and prevent heart disease.

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