Importance of Antioxidants [Infographic]

Free Radicals Explained and the Importance of Antioxidants
Infographic from SPACE.NK.apothecary
This is an excellent infographic that explains what free radicals are exactly, why they are dangerous, and how we can protect our health from free radical damage.

It is important to understand this topic and to take action because free radical damage in the body has been linked to a number of cancers, strokes, bone disease, scurvy and numerous other degenerative diseases.

It is thought that free radicals also play an indirect role in promoting weight gain and preventing weight loss.

The leading causes of free radicals are pollution, smoking, drugs, stress, UV light and environmental toxins.  But, notably, the #1 cause is processed food.

On the other hand, eating unprocessed, whole, natural plant foods that are rich in antioxidants is the best way to neutralize and eliminate free radicals.

Some of the best antioxidant-rich foods are the nutrient dense superfoods, including:

 Beans (Small Red Bean, Red Kidney Bean, Pinto Bean)
✿ Berries (Blueberries, Raspberries, Cranberries, Strawberries)
✿ Dark Leafy Greens (Kale, Watercress, Spinach)
✿ Apples (Red Delicious, Gala, Granny Smith)
✿ Sweet Potatoes
✿ Plums
✿ Cherries
✿ Artichokes
✿ Nuts (Pecans, Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Almonds)
✿ Grapes (Purple, Red and Blue)
✿ Green Tea
✿ Red Wine (in moderation)
✿ Olive Oil (in moderation)

In summary, free radicals are a part of life but we have the power to control them through the lifestyle we lead and the daily choices we make.

Learning how to manage stress (yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques), avoiding and minimizing environmental toxins (buying organic, detoxing and using environment-friendly cleaning products), and eating a whole food, antioxidant rich, plant-based diet are some of the best ways to minimize the effects of free radicals.

Infographic source and for a large version please go to:  SPACE.NK.apothecary - Why are Antioxidants Important?

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Health and Weight Loss : Nutrient Dense Foods Chart

According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, one of the keys to optimal health and achieving an ideal body weight is to eat a diet rich in nutrient dense foods.  Dr. Fuhrman defines nutrient dense foods as those foods that have a relative high proportion of nutrients (noncaloric food factors like vitamins, minerals, fibers and phytochemicals) to calories (all calories come from carbohydrates, fats and proteins).

To make eating for health (and weight loss) easier and more practical, Dr. Fuhrman developed and created the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI).  The ANDI scoring method is based on 34 important nutritional parameters and ranks the nutrient value of many common foods on the basis of how many nutrients they deliver to the body for each calorie consumed.   Foods that have a high score (1000) are the most nutrient-dense.  The more high-ranking foods you eat, the better your health will be because foods rich in micronutrients are essential for a healthy immune system and have been shown to help protect against a wide range of chronic diseases and medical conditions, including cancer.

To learn more, consider reading Dr. Fuhrman's Nutritarian Handbook & ANDI Food Scoring Guide, which explains in detail how eating a diet rich in micronutrients helps to prevent or reverse many chronic and life-threatening conditions, lose weight, conquer food additions and cravings and slow down aging.

Chart found on GreenMedTV - The #1 Most Nutrient Dense Food: Dr. Joel Fuhrman

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