Antioxidants Kick Butt When It Comes To Aging

Healthy food in rustic wooden tray over grey background

Antioxidants are one of the 8 age-defying benefits we look for in the foods we highlight in my cookbooks and on FoodTrients. My goal is to create delicious dishes packed with the nutrients that help us look and feel younger, and antioxidants are an important part of many of my recipes.

So what exactly are antioxidants?

Virtually every fruit and vegetable contains antioxidants, and antioxidants are powerful phytonutrients that help our bodies fight free radicals. Free radicals damage the body’s cells and are a major contributor to loss of cognitive function and the diseases of aging. When we eat antioxidant-rich foods, it’s like throwing water on the fire caused by free radicals.

What are some of the best foods we should be eating to fight Free Radicals?

There are tons of great antioxidant foods, but here are 10 of my favorites that are particularly high in nutrients, and easy to incorporate into your daily food routine. Check out the recipes below, too:
 

ALMONDS & BRAZIL NUTS

Almond nuts

  • Good for your brain (and fighting Alzheimer’s)
  • Supports your bones (fighting osteoporosis)
  • Good for your heart
  • Boost your Immune strength
  • Helps your complexion/skin
  • Also fight inflammation
  • Helps regulate blood pressure
  • Boosts energy
  • Fights cancer

 

CARROTS

Ingredients for carrot soup

  • Prevents heart diseases
  • Improves eyesight/fights macular degeneration
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Reduces risk of cancer and stroke
  • Boosts immune system
  • Maintains digestive health

 

CITRUS FRUIT, ESPECIALLY PINK GRAPEFRUIT

Two grapefruit halves

  • Fights infection
  • Supports heart health
  • Boosts weight loss
  • Helps prevent cancer
  • Pink Grapefruit, particularly, is a great anti-aging food

 

RED AND ORANGE PEPPERS

Close-up of assorted bell peppers

  • Fiber and Vitamin E help protect against diabetes
  • Supports your heart
  • Helps prevent common eye diseases (cataracts, macular degeneration)
  • Fights cancer

 

RED GRAPES

Red grape fruits

  • Helps good cholesterol
  • Helps fight cancer
  • Supports strong Bones (Vitamin K)
  • Helps digestion (fiber)
  • May help memory function

 

WINTER SQUASH (BUTTERNUT, ACORN, PUMPKIN)

winter squash background

  • Good for hair, skin, and eyes
  • Helps your heart
  • Fights cancer
  • Boosts immune system
  • Fiber helps curb appetite

 

SUNFLOWER SEEDS

Closeup of Sunflower Seeds

  • Improves digestion
  • Supports brain and heart health
  • Good for skin and hair
  • Magnesium aids bones

 

SWEET POTATOES/YAMS

sweet potato on wooden surface

  • Inhibits cancer and tumor growth
  • Fights inflammation
  • Lowers cholesterol and risk of heart disease
  • Boosts immune system

 

TOMATO PASTE, SAUCE, AND JUICE

Tomato sauce

  • Fights cancer
  • Aids cognitive function
  • Helps blood pressure
  • Regulates blood sugar

 

SHELLFISH

Seafood

  • Helps fight cancer
  • Aids in reducing plaque in arteries
  • Boosts immune system
  • Supports joints, fights arthritis

Now, if you’re ready to try some tasty recipes loaded with antioxidants, here are two for you.  Look for more in the Recipe section and in my Age Beautifully Cookbook.

Heart-friendly yams are tarted up with lime juice and shredded coconut in this festive side dish. Serve it with lamb or my Ostrich Meatballs (Age Beautifully Cookbook). It also goes well with turkey, pork, and meatloaf.

Tropical Yams

Yamscrop900

SERVES 2-4

Ingredients

2 cups cubed yams or sweet potatoes, peeled
1 Tbs. coconut oil
½ tsp. salt or salt substitute
1 Tbs. fresh lime juice (and/or thin slices of key lime)
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup shredded coconut

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Toss the yams with the oil and salt, place in a single layer in a baking dish, and roast at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and toss with the lime juice and/or lime slices.
Roast for another 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and toss with the pecans and coconut.
Bake for about 5 more minutes or until the coconut is toasted and the yams are soft.

This Detox Juice will help rid your system of heavy metals, cleanse your liver, and clean out your colon. The chlorophyll in watercress helps to purify the blood of toxins. If you can’t get fresh watercress, you can use spirulina powder in its place. The watercress adds a spicy tartness to the juice. The beets are to sweeten up the mixture and give it a beautiful color, but they bring disease-preventing anthocyanins to the glass as well along with nitrate which reduces blood pressure and iron. The vitamin C in the oranges helps the liver function optimally. And the fiber powder will take care of the colon.

Detox Juice

Serves 2-3 Drinks

Ingredients

OCP0204673small1 cup watercress (can substitute 2 Tbsp. spirulina powder)
4 beets (peel on) stem and root removed, cut in pieces
4 oranges (peel on) cut in pieces
8 ounces water
2 Tbs. fiber powder

1. Place watercress, beets, and oranges in a juicer.
2. Stir the fiber powder into the water until it dissolves completely.
3. Mix the fiber water into the juice

 

About Grace O

GRACE O is the creator of FoodTrients®, a unique program for optimizing wellness and longevity. She is the author of two award-winning cookbooks – The Age Gracefully Cookbook and The Age Beautifully Cookbook, which recently won the National award for Innovation from the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She is a fusion chef with a mission to deliver delicious recipes built on a foundation of anti-aging science and her 20 years in the healthcare industry. Visit FoodTrients.com to learn more. Email us at info@foodtrients.com
What Do FoodTrients Do?
Ai Anti- inflammatories

Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.

Ao Anti- oxidant

Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.

IB Immunity Boosters

Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.

MB Mind

Improves mood, memory, and focus.

F Disease Prevention

Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.