Which Antioxidants Should You Eat?

Whether natural or lab-synthesized, antioxidants help our bodies fight disease and deterioration by neutralizing cellular inflammation in the body caused by oxidation-a lot like rusting. Internally, this damage can contribute to cancer; externally, it contributes to wrinkles and discoloration. So, what should you eat to boost your defenses inside and out?

A daily variety of colorful fruits and vegetables are highly recommended because of the antioxidants within their phytonutrients. Consider picking up berries (raspberries, blueberries, etc.), cherries, pomegranate, kale, spinach and red cabbage on your next trip to the supermarket (though there are plenty of other options that will fit your palate). Among the best-known plant-based antioxidants are vitamins A (including retinoids), C and E.

While no quantitative method exists to test how many antioxidants the human body needs, an anti-aging specialist, dietitian or nutritionist can analyze blood or urine to measure oxidative stress and antioxidant levels, and suggest diet changes as needed. But regardless of your body, antioxidants do their best work together-not alone.

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