Dr Oz’s Ultimate Checklist: Antioxidants show covered all of Doctor Oz’s favorite antioxidants including Phenolic Antioxidants, Ellagic Acid Antioxidants, Anthocyanin Antioxidants, Indole 3 Carbinol Antioxidants and ACE (Vitamins A, C and E). What are antioxidants? Where can you find antioxidants? Dr Oz answered all of these important questions. We always hear him talking about how antioxidants reduce wrinkles, fight off diseases, slow down Alzheimers Disease and protect your heart. So here is the low-down on antioxidants!
Dr Oz: What Do Antioxidants Do?
Dr Oz said that when you suck in oxygen, the main goal is to get the oxygen into your airways and to the red blood cells. When red blood cells lack oxygen, they turn blue. Then when oxygen is introduced into the blood stream, the cells turn red. However, sometimes radiation hits oxygen and creates free radicals that can permanently alter your DNA. Antioxidants block this from happening and this is one of the biggest reasons that we must eat foods that are rich in antioxidants.
Dr Oz: Phenolic Antioxidants: Beans
Dr Oz said that the number one source for Phenolic Antioxidants are beans like red beans, kidney beans, black beans and pinto beans. Just a 1/2 cup of beans has 13,000 units of antioxidant power. Phenolic Antioxidants help to lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and lower the risk of breast cancer. Dr Oz’s list of 5 foods from the most antioxidant rich to the least antioxidant rich is beans, blueberries, cranberries, pecans and broccoli.
Dr Oz: Ellagic Acid Antioxidants: Red Fruits
Dr Oz said that Ellagic Acid is the next important antioxidant that we must include in our diet. You can find Ellagic Acid Antioxidants in half a serving of red fruits like pomegranates, raspberries and cranberries. I wonder if Pom juice qualifies since it is made from pomegranates – I would imagine so!
Dr Oz: Anthocyanin Antioxidants: Purple Foods
Dr Oz said that Anthocyanin Antioxidants help to fight heart disease by sucking cholesterol out of plaque. If you have high levels of bad cholesterol, then over time you can get rough bumpy plaque that builds up on your aorta which can flake off and go to your heart (causing a heart attack) or to your head (causing a stroke). You can find Anthoycanin Antioxidants in purple fruits and vegetables such as purple potatoes, blueberries, black currants, purple grapes and red wine.
Dr Oz: ACE or Vitamin A, C & E Antioxidants
Dr Oz said that yellow and orange foods tend to fall under the category of ACE Antioxidants or Vitamin A, C & E Antioxidants. When you cut an apple in half an leave it exposed to air, it will turn a brownish color as it oxidizes. However, if you place the apple into orange juice, then it does not turn brown because the vitamin C in the orange juice keeps it from oxidizing. The same thing happens in your body if you take in vitamin C. Dr Oz said that Vitamin A is often found through retinols in orange fruits like apricots and cantaloupe, and it stimulates your skin to make more collagen. Vitamin C is found in acidic fruits like lemons and oranges and helps to fight off wrinkles. And Vitamin E (found in pecans, almonds and sunflower seeds) protects you from the sun’s damaging UV rays.
Dr Oz: Indole 3 Carbinol Antioxidants: Green Cruciferous Vegetables
Dr Oz said that Indole 3 Carbinol Antioxidants are found in green cruciferous vegetables and are a potent breast cancer fighting ingredient. These dark green vegetables help to clean the toxins out of your body, so you should make sure to eat broccoli, kale, cabbage or brussel sprouts at least twice a week.