Aug 27, 2013

Top Antioxidant Foods For Dry Eye


Beans such as red beans, black bleans, pinto beans and kidney beans all contain high-levels of antioxidants. According to a recent study one-half cup of red beans yields 13,727 antioxidants; red kidney beans have 13,259; pinto beans, 11,864; and black beans, 4,191. Since beans are inexpensive and easy to use in a wide variety of foods such as soups, burritos, rice and beans etc it can easily be added to a diet.

Berries also contain high levels of antioxidants. Choices available here are blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and red currants. Berries are also easily added to your daily diet as they can be used as snacks, in smoothies, in salads, for breakfast in yoghurts or for deserts etc.

Studies of fruits and their antioxidant power have showed the following choices to be especially good; prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, plums, oranges, red grapes and cherries. Fruits are just like berries easily added to your diet in breakfasts, as snacks or for deserts.

Cruciferous vegetables
Kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli flowers, beets, red bell peppers, onions, corn and eggplant all contain antioxidant vitamins and minerals as well as valuable fibers.

Other vegetables
Colorful red, orange and purple vegetables contain a wide range of antioxidants, especially tomatoes, red bell peppers, beets, sweet potato, eggplant and carrots. Leafy greens, especially spinach, are good sources of antioxidant vegetables.

Cloves, Ginger, Cinnamon, Oregano, Turmeric, Parsley, Basil, Mustard seads, and Cumin.  See here for details.

Tea, red wine and chocolate
Green tea, black tea and oolong tea contains high levels of antioxidants. According to some, even higher than fruits and berries. Red wine, in moderation, is generally considered heart healthy. Just like red grapes it will reduce free radical damage. Chocolate, the darker the better, are high in antioxidants predominantly due to cocoa having super high levels of the antioxidant flavanols.

Whole grains
Try to eat whole grain whenever you can instead of white pasta, cereals etc. Whole grains contain high levels of antioxidants that help to rid your body of harmful free radicals, highly reactive molecules and ions that can damage your cells.

Walnuts are according to research the top nut to eat for fighting free radicals that can damage our body’s cells and cause disease. Walnuts have almost twice as many antioxidant polyphenols as almonds, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias and pecans.

Olive oil, walnut oil, wheat germ oil and other vegetable oils not only contain antioxidants themselves, but they also help you absorb oil-soluble antioxidant vitamins in other foods.

The top 20 antioxidant-rich foods are:
1. Small red beans (dried)
2. Blueberries (wild)
3. Red kidney beans
4. Pinto beans
5. Blueberries (cultivated)
6. Cranberries
7. Artichokes (cooked)
8. Blackberries
9. Prunes
10. Raspberries.
11. Strawberries
12. Red Delicious apples
13. Granny Smith apples
14. Pecans
15. Sweet cherries
16. Black plums
17. Cooked russet potatoes
18. Dried black beans
19. Plums
20. Gala apples

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