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Antioxidants: Why are they important?


 

Sawsan Wazzan Jabri wrote:




Antioxidants protect the body's cells from free radicals, which play a role in increasing the risk of many diseases such as heart disease and cancer. These free radicals are the result of your body breaking down unhealthy foods that are high in fat and sugar, or when you are exposed to smoke.


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Several factors help resist free radicals and protect cells, such as vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, B, C, and D, iron, selenium and zinc, which are found in many foods, the most important of which are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and herbs.

Additionally, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are rich in fiber and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. So, enjoy eating them in all their shapes and colors.





Also, try to choose and focus on red, orange, yellow, and dark green foods every day, such as:

Broccoli

* carrots

Spinach

* Red pepper

* Artichokes

* Beans

Beetroot

* the strawberry

* Red grapes

We recommend that you focus on all kinds of foods and colors to get all the nutritional benefits. Incorporate a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains into your diet, especially during flu season and COVID-19.


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