What’s the best way to get antioxidants?


Most people have heard about antioxidants by now, since they often pop up in health news stories. According to the National Institutes of Health, antioxidants are substances that may help the body fight off some of the toxins  it encounters every day that threaten human health. While many studies have suggested that antioxidants have many benefits for people, some individuals may not know the best sources of these substances.

Recently, The New York Daily News reported on a study that examined the best ways to get antioxidants into the diet. The researchers found that a drink containing green tea, hibiscus, pomegranate and pineapple had the highest concentration of antioxidants, while blackberry and raspberry-based juices had the lowest amounts of these substances. This is interesting, considering that the Berry Health Benefits network states that blackberries are a great source of antioxidants, as are raspberries.

The Daily News pointed out that clearly, consuming fruit is one of the best ways to get antioxidants.

"In a paper out of Norway, scientists compiled a database of more than 3,100 foods, drinks, spices, herbs and supplements used worldwide. Among the most antioxidant-rich food are black currants, wild strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, dried apples, artichokes, and dried fruits like plums, apricots, dates and mango," according to the news source.

What about people who don't like fruit? They can still consume antioxidants through a number of other sources. The information provider pointed out that coffee, red wine, sunflower seeds, walnuts, certain breakfast cereals and okra have all been shown to have concentrations of antioxidants. Vitamins such as vitamin C and A are also considered antioxidants, so taking a multivitamin may help people get more of these substances.