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One of the most important steps you can take to prevent heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease is to eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods. As discussed in a previous article on free radicals, antioxidants protect your health by preventing and repairing damage caused to your cells by excessive free radicals.
Antioxidants are plentiful in plant foods, particularly those that have bright colours. As of May, 2005, the most comprehensive study of the antioxidant content of common foods that I know of was published in the June 2004 edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. According to this study, the 20 most antioxidant-rich foods are as follows:
|Rank||Food||Serving Size||Antioxidant Capacity per Serving|
|1||Small red beans, dried||1/2 cup||13727|
|2||Wild blueberries||1 cup||13427|
|3||Red kidney beans, dried||1/2 cup||13259|
|4||Pinto beans||1/2 cup||11864|
|5||Blueberries, cultivated||1 cup||9019|
|7||Artichoke hearts, cooked||1 cup||7904|
|9||Dried prunes||1/2 cup||7291|
|12||Red delicious apple||One||5900|
|13||Granny Smith apple||One||5381|
|15||Sweet cherries||1 cup||4873|
|17||Russet potato, cooked||One||4649|
|18||Black beans||1/2 cup||4181|
The highest ranked foods in four major categories are as follows:
Fruits: blueberries, cranberries, and blackberries.
Vegetables: beans, artichoke hearts, and surprisingly, russet potatoes.
Nuts: pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts.
Spices: cinnamon, oregano, and ground cloves.
Here are a few points to keep in mind when choosing antioxidant-rich foods:
Raw chocolate and goji berries are two foods that are extremely rich in antioxidants but were not evaluated for the study cited above.