St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church - Naperville, IL

Eat Your Antioxidants

From the Office of the Parish Nurse

An antioxidant a day keeps the free radicals away? It may not be the catchiest slogan, but these micronutrients can help protect your body from free radicals, which damage cells and may contribute to diseases such as cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Try some of these heavy-hitting antioxidants:

Blueberries They’re packed with vitamin C, Vitamin K and manganese, as well as anthocyanin, which a 2017 study in by the National Center for Biotechnology found had anti-inflammatory properties. Try acai berries, blackberries and raspberries, too.

Pecans Their high levels of vitamin E may support heart health and help lower LDL cholesterol, according to Mayo Clinic. Also, great: walnuts.

Cloves Spices are a surprising source of antioxidants, with cloves among the highest concentration, according to a 2017 study in International Food Research Journal. Ground cinnamon, dries oregano, allspice and turmeric are also beneficial.

Dark chocolate A 2017 study on the Journal of the American Heart Association found that dark chocolate (consumed in small quantities) may help decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.

A very important fact to remember: Keep drinking water and stay hydrated!!!

Source: Renew/UHC.com