Looking for some simple ways to improve your wellbeing and feel more energized? Increasing your antioxidant intake could help.
Antioxidants are substances or nutrients found in our bodies and food that help to stop or slow down oxidative damage. Our bodies use oxygen to function, and as a result free radicals are produced. These little things bounce around causing all sorts of damage to our cells. This is a natural process, and antioxidants clear up the free radicals, helping reduce their potential damage.
Too many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and if you smoke, diet regularly or live in a polluted city, you would in all likelihood benefit from increasing your antioxidant intake.
While the research is mixed, with some studies finding antioxidant supplements reduce disease risk, others have found supplements to have no benefits. What's clear however, is that people who have a diet rich in a good mixture of fruit and vegetables and high in antioxidants tend to live longer, healthier lives than those who don’t.
So don’t rely on supplements, follow these tips to naturally increase your antioxidant intake:
1. Pay attention to food preparation.
How you prepare and cook your vegetables can really affect the nutrients in them. Eating raw veggies maximizes antioxidant intake (with the exception of tomatoes, which when cooked have a higher lycopene content, a prostate cancer-reducing antioxidant), but you don’t have to turn into a rabbit.
Here are a few tips for maximizing antioxidant content of cooked veggies: