Antioxidants are essential for protecting your body against inflammation; they are responsible for safeguarding the cells against damage as a result of free radical activities in the body.
Free radicals are generated in the body as a result of metabolism along with a number other environmental factors like radiation and pollution, the activities of these molecules contributing to aging, cancer and heart disease to mention but a few.
Not everyone is aware of the healthy action of fruits on your body, not only because fruit is rich in nutrients, but because they are a good source of antioxidants.
Some of the most popular antioxidant-rich fruits include:
The powerhouse of antioxidants, the effects of berries will depend upon the type of berry you choose. For example, blueberries will alleviate and even prevent the stress (oxidative and inflammatory) that the red blood cells can suffer.
Bilberries and black currants are not only strong oxidants known for lowering high-density lipoprotein levels but they are also rich sources of Vitamin C.
Tomatoes, Watermelons, apricots and pink grapefruits; these fruits are healthy sources of lycopene, a most powerful carotenoid antioxidant known for neutralizing free radicals in the most effective manner possible.
3 Fruit Salads Rich in Antioxidants
Desserts do not get much better than fruit salads; not only are they healthy and, more often than not, quite tasty but they are quite easy to make, three fruit salads known for their flavor even while bringing their powerful antioxidant capabilities to the table including:
For this delicious salad you’ll need: two blood oranges, 3 clementines, two ordinary oranges, a pink grapefruit, a small piece of fresh ginger, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, two tablespoons of maple syrup, an organic apple, a pomegranate, two handfuls of walnuts and some Greek yogurt.
- The oranges and grapefruit should be segmented to make the citrus juice, which is mixed with grated ginger, maple, and cinnamon. At this point, you can add sectioned clementines.
- The apple should be cut into cubes (unpeeled) and added to the salad.
- After you separate the pomegranate, hold one-half over a bowl bash it with a something sturdy (get creative here, a lot of the things you have in your kitchen and squeeze its juice into the bowl. Add some walnuts.
- Dress the yogurt with pomegranate seeds and a drizzle of maple and serve.
- You can finish by grating orange zest onto the salad and sprinkle some yoghurt
Nigella’s Antioxidant Fruit Salad
To make Nigella’s famous fruit salad, you’ll need a mango, a pomegranate, a cup of black seedless grapes (or blueberries), two cups of lemon juice, a tablespoon of honey or sugar or any sweetener you prefer.
- Cut the mango into cubes; then open the pomegranate and retrieve its seeds.
- Mix these elements, mangoes, pomegranate seeds, and grapes in a bowl.
- Add the lemon juice and honey to the resulting salad, at which point you can either refrigerate or serve at once.
Fruit and Lettuce Salad
For the delicious fruit and lettuce salad, you’ll need shredded, diced papaya, halved grapes, segmented oranges, sliced guava, quartered strawberries and diced watermelon, all measured in half cups and a tablespoon of toasted sliced almonds.
To enjoy the benefits of the fruit and lettuce salad, simply combine a half a cup of all these ingredients and mix well, cooling it and storing it in an airtight container.