Suffering from inflammation? Bring in the antioxidants army!

Your very own ‘ antioxidants army’ can reduce inflammation and pain for you!

We cannot survive without antioxidants! Therefore, let’s make sure our diets give us a strong antioxidants army!

What do antioxidants do for us?  

    • Antioxidants destroy free radicals or unstable molecules which cause damage to our bodies known as oxidative stress.
    • Oxidative stress creates damage, inflammation, pain and disease in our bodies.

The good news:

    • The antioxidant army comes from food!
    • Our food provides a prolific source of these essential antioxidants.

Which antioxidants are in our food and what can antioxidants do for us?

  • Vitamins C and E are both great for our immune systems.
  • Selenium helps keep our immune systems working well.
  • Carotenoids such as beta carotene and lycopene. Our bodies convert beta carotene in to Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is great for our eyes, brain and skin! It helps prevent infections.

  • Lycopene has many wonderful antioxidant properties. It protects us against toxic pesticide damage, promotes good eye health. Studies reveal it to have many powerful immune benefits.
  • Flavonoids are strong anti-inflammatories. They boost immune systems well.
  • Polyphenols are champion fighters! They fight against inflammation. Polyphenols also help remedy digestive disorders. Polyphenols can be wonderful for our cardiovascular health!

Which foods do we get antioxidants from?

  • Vitamin C: Eat red peppers and kiwi fruits and many other fruit and veg for your Vitamin C intake. Vitamin C becomes a powerful antioxidant in certain chemical reactions.
  • Vitamin E: Stock up on nuts, olive oil, avocados, spinach, sunflower seeds, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes.
  • Selenium can be sourced from Brazil nuts, seafood, wheat germ, brown rice amongst other food
  • Carotenoids: Get your beta carotene from sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, kale, cantaloupe melons, apricots, kale and more. Lycopene can be found in tomatoes but also apricots, papaya, and red cabbage.
  • Polyphenols: great sources include cloves, dark chocolate and cocoa powder, strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries, plums, blackcurrants, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, green tea, soy, red onions, artichokes and other fruit and veg.   
  • Flavonoids: for example quercetin which is found in leafy vegetables, broccoli, peppers, grapes, red wine, green tea, black tea and peppers.  

Suffering from inflammation, pain or wanting to boost your immune systems?

  • Contact the Nutripanda team and discover how best to get your ‘antioxidant army’ working well for you.



edinburgh nutrition Team

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