AFFORDABLE superfoods loaded with antioxidants

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A diet high in antioxidants does more for your health than you ever dreamed. Anti-inflammatory antioxidants not only ward off cancer and heart disease, but they fight the free radicals responsible for arthritis and other joint diseases, as well as diseases of the lung, such as emphysema and bronchitis.

Following are a few antioxidant-rich, affordable superfoods you may have been neglecting:

* Coffee—Yes, coffee, that has been much maligned for religious and other reasons, happens to be a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants. Keep in mind that adding fake creamer blocks much of the absorption of antioxidants.

Many studies have also shown that coffee drinkers also have a much lower rate of dementia and Parkinson’s Disease than non-coffee drinkers. In fact, mainstream medicine is already studying the potential of caffeine to be used in medicine (so as not to offend the non-coffee drinkers).

* Green Tea—Powerful antioxidants, close but not quite equal to coffee’s assortment, is the choice of many ‘tea-over-coffee’ drinkers. Researchers say that some specific antioxidants in green tea are the most powerful known to science.

Japanese researchers found that women who drink several cups of green tea daily reduce the risk of heart disease by 30 percent or more.

* Sweet Potatoes—These antioxidant-rich type of potatoes are underappreciated by most Americans except Southerners and those savvy in natural health….but for Thanksgiving, of course. But they are affordable, tasty and can be stored for weeks, or even a couple of months if kept in a cool place.

* Beans—the most affordable and complete food of all. They are best of all fresh and cooked from scratch, but properly stored they can last and retain their nutrition for years. Trash the canned beans and cook a week’s supply from scratch. There’s no more protein and antioxidant-rich source at a cheaper price.

* Apples—Most of us have heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,”but it’s not all folk legend from our parents and grandparents. The apple is a fine food, full of antioxidants, and also has the advantage of longevity. However, with all our preparations of apple sauce and apple butter, it is important to know that as far as its powerful antioxidant content, we peel most of it away.

As with many other fruits and vegetables, the real riches are in the peels, which, in apples, deliver up to six times the absorbable antioxidants as the inner fruit.

* Black Rice?—New one on me. I’ve never had it, but intend to remedy that as soon as possible. Louisiana researchers recently found that black rice rivals blueberries in levels of antioxidants, besides containing more fiber and vitamin E.

Always buy organic if you can, to maximize vitamins and minerals and avoid contamination by pesticides.

Primary Source:  Leah Zerbe, http://healthydebates.com

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