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Antioxidants

Posted 12 December By JamesIn food, health, Natural health, Naturapathy, naturopathy, Nutrition0 comments

A recent study has been published on over 3100 different sources of antioxidants from foods, drinks and herbs. The study took 8 years to complete and has show some very interesting results. We require between 8000-11000 units of antioxidants each day to help combat the pro oxidant and free radical damage that we are exposed to and can create ourselves through lifestyle choices, our work and home environments along with stress. The study shows vast differences not only in the different foods but also in the same foods grown in different areas or countries. Plant foods on average have 64 times more antioxidants than meat, fish, eggs and dairy.
1 serving of Banana has 1037 units, 1 serving of Blueberries has 9019 units, 1 serving of Kidney beans has 6864 units, 1 apple has 5900 units, 1 serving of Dates has 3467 units. 1 serving of Iceberg lettuce has only 144 units but 1 serving of red leaf lettuce has 1213 units, Golden Kiwi fruit has 3 times the antioxidant levels of the green Kiwi fruit. A red apple grown in Australia has 19 times more antioxidants than one grow and tested from the USA.
What the study does show is that we need a balanced diet that contains all of the different food groups. It also highlights why people with a higher fruit and vegetable intake have lower rates in most medical conditions. It is very important to supply your body with all the nutrients that it requires each and every day. To quote Hippocrates “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”. If you would like to learn more about what you may be missing or what you can do to help change the chemistry in your body please feel free to make an appointment today.
James Maloney N.Dantioxidants

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