Antioxidant Foods

Foods with the Most Antioxidants


Glutathione - The Master Antioxidant

Glutathione is an antioxidant enzyme often referred to as the body's "master antioxidant" due to its central role in protecting the body's cells from free radical damage. Glutathione is composed of the amino acids cysteine, glutamine and glycine and is concentrated in the liver, although it carries out its work throughout the body. This important enzyme is involved in protecting cells from environmental toxins, drugs and alcohol as well as toxins produced by the body itself as a result of normal metabolism. So important to health is glutathione that it's depletion leads to cell death.

Environmental toxins are known to cause depletion of glutathione. Maybe not surprisingly, glutathione deficiency has been implicated in a whole range of chronic degenerative disorders including all of the environmental illnesses. 

Also of note is the influence glutathione levels have on immune function. Like all cells, immune cells rely up on glutathione for defense against free radicals. Glutathione is also required for the activation of natural killer cells and for many other functions of specific immune cells. 

Clearly in this modern age of toxic living, it is wise for everybody to be aware of their glutathione status. But for environmental illness sufferers, it is essential since their levels of this vital detoxifier have almost certainly been compromised already. Fortunately there are a number of natural products that have been shown in clinical studies to raise effective levels of glutathione.

Garlic- antioxidant, prevent cancer, must be exposed to air for at least 15 minutes to oxidize to be effective.  Garlic: This member of the lily family has well-documented health effects, including reduction of serum cholesterol and triglycerides, prevention of clot formation, reduction of blood pressure, and enhancement of immune capacity through stimulation of natural killer cell activity. Garlic has sulfur-rich compounds-allin and allicin, chromium, phosphorus, and sulfur-containing amino acids. Raw garlic swallowed in small pieces with water, like tablets, is a great flu remedy, or its cloves can be whole roasted and brushed lightly with oil. If you are worried about bad breath, chew a sprig of parsley.

Cherries - high in phytochemicals (plant chemicals that have disease preventative properties), cherries may also reduce inflammation.

Grapes- have phytochemicals helping over 800 different activities like antiaging, antiADD, anticancer and antiarthritic.

Red wine - anti-aging in the skin, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce damage of oxidation. Wine contains a potent antioxidant called resveratro which can protect the heart.

Kale - rich with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, kale is also thought to help lower risk of arthritis, as well as ovarian and breast cancers with sulphur-containing phytonutrients.

Ground Salba - This ancient grain provides 8x more omega-3s than salmon, 25% more dietary fibre than flaxseed, 30% more antioxidants than blueberries, 7x more vitamin C than an orange

Lemon - best detox agent, skim fat, promote circulation, alkaline, promote energy, prevent cold, lower heat, improve complexion.  

Cranberry - compared to other fruits such as grapes and strawberries, cranberries have the highest level of phenols – an oxidant that decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Berries - nutrient in blueberries lowers cholesterol like prescription drugs. Berries have powerful effects to delay and even help reverse the aging process of the brain. It is believed that the key phytonutrients in berries called anthocyanins can prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Beets - high in folic acid and contain betacyanine, which is an antioxidant that gives beets their rich, red colour.

Maple Syrup - has plenty of superoxide dismutase (S.O.D.) which scavenges your body to eliminate free radicals before they can cause aging, heart disease or cancer

Watercress – rich in antioxidants and prevent DNA damage. The protection for smokers was even more pronounced.