When trying to stay fit and healthy, there are certain foods that we should definitely eat more of to get the most out of our diet plans. When you want to sweeten things up a bit, these antioxidant fruits are just the thing! Mix them into your smoothies, salads, desserts, oatmeal, or just as a plain snack. Yum!
Did you know that prunes pack 7,291 antioxidants into just half a cup? Whoa! These deep purple, dried fruit is high in antioxidants, as it is considered a great way to prevent cancer. Eating just a couple a day can effectively lower your cholesterol and boost your bone health. And it’s also an effective snack for boosting your energy naturally without that sugar spike.
These pretty red fruits are also loaded with antioxidants and can help you lose weight. A study in the Journal of Nutrition showed that the antioxidant ellagic acid, which is found in raspberries, enhanced the ability of quercetin another antioxidant found in foods like apples, grapes, onions, and buckwheat. This powerful combo is known to fight off cancer cells. Wow! Enjoy this antioxidant powerhouse in our recipe for Raspberry Oat Bars, a great dessert or after school snack!
This super fruit isn’t just for the Thanksgiving dinner table. They can also help boost the immune system. Cranberries are most known for their effectiveness in treating a urinary tract infection and are also helpful for preventing and loosening kidney stones. And it’s good to note that cranberries, and all natural cranberry juice, have the highest level of phenols, a disease-fighting antioxidant, that can even reduce the risk of heart disease.
This popular citrus fruit is not the first fruit you think of when you hear the word “antioxidant” but it’s health benefits are endless. Oranges are rich in the antioxidant beta-cryptoxanthin, which is one of a pair of compounds that helps to lower the risk of arthritis by an 20 to 40 percent! The UK researchers that did this study on a group of 25,000 people are singing the praises of this bright fruit for these amazing health benefits.
Probably one of the most popular berries on the block, blueberries can balance blood sugar levels, lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, and decrease the risk of heart disease. But besides all of those amazing health benefits, eating just one cup of wild blueberries will provide 13,427 total antioxidants, about 10 times the USDA’s recommendation. So sprinkle a few on your cereal tomorrow morning or try our recipe for Blueberry Burst Smoothie for a healthy start to your day.
Enjoy the benefits of antioxidants with these delicious fruits and feel confident that you are making the right decisions for your health and wellness!