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The Power of Antioxidants

Dr. Mark Hyman says a diet rich in a rainbow of colourful plant foods comes jam-packed with antioxidants, with different colours signalling different beneficial plant compounds.

Antioxidants are essential for good health. Everyday things such as stress, smoking and toxins increases formation of free radicals which can lead to ill health. Luckily the damage is reversible through changes in lifestyle and diet, making sure antioxidants are top priority on the menu.

There are of course different antioxidants with different protective functions. Here are some of our and Dr.Hyman’s favourites:

Blueberries – high in polyphenols which are associated with reducing inflammation, cellular survival and neuroprotection. Their blue colour is due to their high anthocyanins content, which helps reduce cardiovascular disease.

Kale –  one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, containing beta-carotene and Vitamin C which are very important players in maintaining a good immune system. Kale also contains sulforaphane which has anticancer properties.

Green tea – extremely rich in polyphenols that help prevent cell damage, especially epigallocatechin gallate which is beneficial for combatting cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

So when you make your shopping lists and work out your weekly menu, not only should you make sure you include your five-a-day fruit and veggies, make sure they are as colourful as possible. The more colour, the more variety in antioxidants.