Antioxidants (b-carotene, vits A and C, and lycopene) need co-factors to be transported to their action-sites in the body. Consuming the whole food is what makes these antioxidants work well with co-factors to neutralize harmful free radicals. Bolster your smoothies with antioxidants by blending in blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, strawberries, apples, and cherries.
Antioxidants are molecules in foods that can inhibit the oxidation and damage of your cells. When our cells are damaged this can lead to disease, faster aging, and chronic inflammation.
Whole Food Antioxidants: Food vs Supplements
Some common antioxidants that you may have heard of are beta-carotene, vitamin C, lycopene, and vitamin A. Antioxidants are often praised for their ‘anti-aging’ capabilities. When in reality, it is likely the whole food that provides much of the health benefits.
Fruits and vegetables are commonly rich sources of antioxidants. But, studies have shown that when these antioxidants are removed from the whole food and ingested in supplement form – they may not offer the same benefits.
When you eat the whole food source of an antioxidant (for example: eating a tomato, which contains lycopene) – there are many other nutrients that act as co-factors for each other. These co-factors can help nutrients get where they are intended to go in our bodies.
How To Make Your Own Healthy Blend
If you want to make a really bomb antioxidant smoothie, then look for the following ingredients:
Fresh or frozen, these fruits will give your smoothie an added antioxidant boost! Not to mention, they will also give it some delicious flavor and beautiful color.
Check out my smoothie set-up for a guide on what else you need to add to your smoothie to make it complete!