If you subscribe to health blogs, magazines, or newsletters you’ve been bombarded with info on the “latest and greatest” antioxidants.
From doctor-endorsed juices that claim to “prevent nearly all disease and make your energy soar…”
To “the exotic-berry-extract supplement that can help you lose 50 pounds in three months…”
To “the next proprietary miracle night cream that’s better than a face lift AND can do your laundry”…LOL!
All the hype is enough to make you tune out and become an anti-antioxidant!
But seriously, there’s a reason so much research money and hype is poured into this field—legit antioxidants have serious health value.
So, how do you filter through hype and get to the good stuff? Grab yourself a glass of red wine and keep reading…
After bending my practitioner clients’ ears over the years, attending endless health conferences, and doing some research…I discovered some of the best antioxidants are also the most easy to find and affordable.
Makes you think twice about blowing 40 bucks on a bottle of juice, huh?
Here’s the starting lineup.
1. Turmeric—ah, we’ve touched on the healing powers of turmeric a couple times before…it’s the herb that just keeps on giving!
Curcumin, the antioxidant found in turmeric, is one of the most studied herbal antioxidants, and has been shown, among other things, to kill and inhibit the growth of cancer cells in a laboratory setting.
Game. (freakin’) Changer.
Human cancer trials are underway, but from its anti-inflammatory properties, to liver healing, immune-boosting, and anti-aging benefits…there’s no denying turmeric is one of the most valuable antioxidants available.
2. CoQ10—no surprise here. CoQ10 has been around since the second coming of boy bands.
But…are you taking an absorbable form of CoQ10? Let me explain.
CoQ10 is a fat-soluble nutrient, like Vitamin E or Vitamin D, making it more challenging for the cells to absorb.
If CoQ10 is taken without a special delivery system in place, much of it will end up being excreted.
Hear that flush? It’s your designer antioxidant careening down the toilet!
My company, Energetix, recently released MicoActive CoQ10. A form of time-release CoQ10 that is proven to provide advanced absorption to 100% of users in clinical studies.
I’ve already received awesome practitioner feedback on its noticeable effects on energy levels and stress.
For more info, visit: www.goenergetix.com or talk to your healthcare professional.
3. Milk Thistle: This prickly powerhouse may not be as smooth and sexy as a resveratrol-rich glass of cabernet wine or high ORAC value acai juice, but it’s worth a second look.
Milk Thistle is a common herb you might see growing in a field. It’s active antioxidants, silymarin and silybin, are being studied in cancer cells, and in tumors of the tongue, skin, bladder, colon, and small intestine.
On an every-day basis, milk thistle can protect your liver from environmental toxins and does wonders for improving the texture, tone, and clarity of your skin. Teenagers with acne swear by it.
Milk Thistle is inexpensive, easy to find, and can be taken as a tea, tincture, or capsule.
4. Vitamin C—walk into nearly any integrative medical clinic, and you’re likely find intravenous vitamin C drips on the menu for treating infections, fatigue, and even cancer.
According to cancer.gov, IV vitamin C cancer studies are being conducted in laboratories and on animals with promising results.
Due to the notable decrease of Vitamin C in foods over the last century, many healthcare practitioners recommend daily supplementation as part of a healthy lifestyle.
5. Green tea—there’s no arguing with the science behind this one.
Green tea may be one of the reasons traditional Eastern cultures enjoy much lower rates of cancer and other degenerative diseases.
Green tea is loaded with polyphenols which function as antioxidants. Catechin is a polyphenol in green tea that has been studied for its positive effects on reducing breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer in women.
I’m not suggesting you give up your morning coffee, but perhaps a pot of green tea in the afternoon may be worth its weight in coffee beans…just sayin’!
Super-concentrated green tea extract is another option, and is available in supplement form.
6. Whole foods—there’s a saying in the natural health field: no amount of supplementation or exercise can make up for a crappy diet…I’m paraphrasing here!
There’s no getting’ around it.
A diet rich in plant-based whole foods such as leafy green vegetables, dark colored berries, and orange and yellow fruits and veggies, offers a plethora of antioxidants in their natural form.
Here are some key players:
o Go Green…and leafy: Kale, collard greens, spinach, broccoli, Brussels’s sprouts, and chard for vitamin C, E, and quercetin.
o Stay mellow and think red, orange, and yellow: For vitamins A and C. Bananas are also source of the antioxidants vitamin E, selenium and lutein.
o Think deep, dark, purples and ravishing reds: Wild blueberries, prunes, grapes, cherries, and raspberries…all are antioxidant powerhouses.
And remember, for the best nutritional bang for your buck, opt for fresh, organic, local produce whenever possible.
A note about supplementation and a healthy diet
Now, it stands to reason that if you eat a healthy diet with plenty of the above fruits and veggies you should be getting enough antioxidants.
This may have been the case decades ago, but as our world becomes more toxic, and our food supply less nutritious, our need for antioxidants has and will increase.
Sad, but true.
Discover the best antioxidants for YOU
Knowing what supplements to invest in makes a huge difference.
Even though antioxidants are beautifully broad in their benefits, certain forms work best for certain conditions.
This is why I always recommend taking it a step further, and finding a complementary healthcare practitioner who can tailor a nutrition and supplement program just for you.
Do you have a favorite antioxidant supplement you use or a juicy testimonial to share?
Tell us about I in the comments section, and help reconvert the anti-antioxidants!
Enjoy your Woot! Woot! Wednesday…
just for the health of it!