According to the National Institutes of Health, free radicals are harmful chemicals produced by our bodies or pollution, and they can damage our cells and/or contribute to heart disease and some forms of cancer. They are also found in highly processed foods.
Luckily, compounds called antioxidants help fight off free radicals. Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as lutein, selenium, and flavanoids, are high in antioxidants. These vitamins and minerals can be found in food and drinks such as green tea, nuts, chocolate, whole grains, red wine, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Leafy greens have lutein. Red apples contain flavanoids. Orange and yellow fruits such as pineapple, grapefruit, etc, are high in vitamin C. Staying away from the aisles and sticking to the perimeter of grocery stores is typically the best way to shop for groceries.
The best way to receive antioxidants is to get them through the food we eat. The American Heart Association agrees, a proper nutritious diet is essential in fighting off free radicals.
What we put into our bodies has a direct relationship with how our body functions and performs!