including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
What are antioxidant foods? Talk of the health benefits of antioxidant foods is quite common today, from warding off heart disease to slowing degeneration of the brain and eyes.
Foods that contain flavinoid nutrients, anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins,
help repair and prevent damage to our cells caused by a process called oxidation.
(Think about what happens when bare metal hits moist air - RUST!)
Antioxidants work by neutralizing highly reactive, destructive compounds called free radicals.
Foods rich in antioxidant enzymes and nutrients are said to help fortify and repair
the layers of our skin thus preventing the
formation of wrinkles.
That is a real plus!
I'm glad that wrinkles
don't hurt, aren't you?
Berries are known to have the highest concentration of antioxidants among all fruits and vegetables.
Studies have long praised the benefits of cranberries and
Purple berries such as elderberry, black currant, and chokeberry have as
much as 50 percent more of the antioxidants known as flavonoids than other,
lighter skinned, berries.
Pomegranate is a rich storehouse of flavonoid nutrients.
flavonoids found in pomegranate are being intensely researched
for their heart-protective properties, as well as their
antioxidant and anti-cancer effects.
Cracking open pomegranate fruit reveals juicy, ruby-red, translucent
seeds tucked into the white inner peel.
Kids love munching on
the tart, sweet seeds. It's best to
let them eat them outside. The juice gets everywhere, and
it does stain!
One study was of particular interest to our family since we have a child with
Mice were given pomegranate juice during pregnancy.
The offspring were then
subjected to a procedure that mimics oxygen lack during birth-a
common cause of cerebral palsy and mental retardation in humans.
The babies born to mothers who got pomegranate juice
demonstrated 60 percent less brain damage than those born to
This seems a good argument for sipping
pomegranate juice during the last month of pregnancy!
Pomegranate extract also inhibits the growth of dangerous staph bacteria.
It has also demonstrated test-tube activity against breast
and prostate cancers.
This is a fruit to add to your diet.
Eat it fresh, try pomegranate juice, or look for an extract in pill form.