Friday, September 7, 2007

Top Antioxidant-Packed Foods: Slow your aging process and increase your healing with these super foods


So many of us seek to increase our youthfulness, look younger, feel better and speed our natural healing process. Luckily for us, nature has provided its own remedy for slowing the aging process....antioxidant rich foods. Antioxidants aid in the body's ability to recover from stress, fight illness and slows the aging process.

A recent study by government scientists measured the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of over 100 common foods. The foods on this list are readily available and relatively inexpensive to purchase at your local grocery store.

Ranked in highest total antioxidant capacity (TAC):
Small Red Beans
Wild Blueberries
(Red) Kidney Beans
Pinto Beans
Cultivated Blueberries
Cranberries
Artichokes
Blackberries
Dried Plums (Prunes)
Raspberries
Strawberries
Red Delicious/Granny Smith Apple
Pecans
Sweet Cherries
Black Plums
Russet Potato
Black Beans
Plums
Gala Apple
Walnuts

A great antioxidant salad using the TAC data is a Spinach Salad with roasted pecans, sliced granny smith apples, dried cranberries with a blueberry vinaigrette.

Try this salad and enjoy the youthfulness nature offers through antioxidants.
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