January 5, 2017 | Wellthy
Antioxidants have been a longstanding buzzword in the health food industry. Each year bringing a new host of ingredients set to transform our health. So what are they and why do we need them?
Predominately found in fruit and vegetables. Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals helping to prevent some of the damage caused by free radicals by neutralising them. Rich sources of antioxidants include vitamins A, C and E and the minerals copper, zinc and selenium.
If you’re looking to explore the benefits of antioxidants which include slower ageing and radiant skin, watch out for these five great sources trending in 2017:
1. Purple-Coloured Fruits and Vegetables
Not only are purple-hued fruits and veggies a beautiful addition to your plate, they are packed with health benefits as well.
Their natural plant pigment is linked to high levels of anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage.
Next time you’re grocery shopping, go for the purple varieties of carrots or cauliflower or add some eggplants and plums to your shopping list!
Ubiquinol is the active (more readily absorbed) form of CoQ10. A powerful antioxidant that is found naturally in the body. Its role is to extract energy from food and assist in powering the body’s overall energy levels as well as supporting the health of major organs, including the heart! Our CoQ10 levels decline naturally as we age, particularly if we’re physically active. If you’re feeling drained, Ubiquinol supplements can actually help to support your natural energy levels to function at your prime.
3. Watermelon Water
If Beyoncé has invested in a watermelon water start up, then you know this is a trend destined to soar. Produced from the fruit’s flesh and rind, watermelon water is set to be as popular as coconut water and a widely sought after antioxidant coming into summer.
High in lycopene (one of the most powerful and protective antioxidants found in plants), potassium and electrolyte minerals, watermelon water has numerous health benefits which include regulating digestive health, reducing inflammation and improving circulation and heart health.
4. Aged Garlic Extract
An odourless antioxidant, Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract may assist in the maintenance of normal cholesterol and blood pressure in healthy individuals. Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is manufactured from organically grown garlic and is naturally aged in an up to 20-month process to maximise its heart health benefits.
5. Brewed Coffee
If you’re already addicted to coffee there’s one more reason why you shouldn’t stop anytime soon – its antioxidant properties! Studies have shown that we tend to get more antioxidants from coffee than we do from fresh fruit and vegetables. Opt for sugar and milk-free coffee to get the most from its health benefits.