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Top 5 Antioxidant Rich Vegetables

Vegetables are one of the best food sources of antioxidants around. They’re also loaded with health boosting vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Top 5 Antioxidant Rich VegetablesIn this article we will be listing five of the best vegetable sources of antioxidants, their health benefits and how many calories each holds.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Artichoke

Artichokes have a light, refreshing, mild and slightly sweet flavour. They weigh in at just 64 calories each and have a very impressive antioxidant profile, containing high levels of caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, luteolin, gallic acid, manganese, quercetin, rutin, silymarin and vitamin C. In addition to this, artichokes are a fantastic source of fibre, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B9 and vitamin K.

Antioxidant protection is just one of the many health benefits artichokes provide and they also boost your body by:
– Lowering your blood pressure
– Regulating your blood glucose levels
– Reducing blood levels of LDL cholesterol (a type of cholesterol that clogs up the arteries and limits blood flow)
– Supporting healthy digestion
– Supporting your liver

 

2. Asparagus

Asparagus is a fresh, mildly bitter tasting vegetable which contains only 27 calories per cup. It supplies you with large amounts of the antioxidants copper, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E and over 10% of the RDA for fibre, iron, vitamin K and multiple B vitamins.

As well as fighting free radicals, asparagus also has a number of unique health benefits which include:
– Enhancing your brain function
– Improving your vision
– Promoting good bladder health
– Reducing inflammation in your body
– Regulating your blood glucose levels

 

3. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a light, refreshing, water rich vegetable that packs just 28 calories per cup. This vegetable is loaded with the antioxidants manganese, vitamin C and a wide range of different phytonutrients. It’s also a great source of fibre, vitamin K and a number of different B vitamins.

When it comes to health, cauliflower does a lot more than just prevent oxidative damage. It also:
– Detoxifies your body
– Reduces inflammation in your body
– Strengthens your heart
– Supports healthy digestion
– Strengthens your immune system

 

4. Cowpeas

Cowpeas contain 200 calories per cup and are packed full of the antioxidants copper, manganese and zinc. They also contain plenty of fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, vitamin B1 and vitamin B9.

In addition to acting as powerful antioxidants, cowpeas also enhance your health in the following ways:
– Preventing bladder problems
– Regulating your blood glucose levels
– Soothing your stomach
– Strengthening your bones and teeth
– Strengthening your heart

 

5. Red Cabbage

Red cabbage has a very subtle flavour that’s slightly bitter but almost unnoticeable. A single cup serving packs just 28 calories and also contains lots of the antioxidants manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C. In addition to this, it’s an excellent source of fibre, vitamin B6 and vitamin K.

Red cabbage is much more than a good source of antioxidants. It also benefits your body by:
– Detoxifying your body
– Reducing blood levels of LDL cholesterol
– Reducing inflammation in your body
– Strengthening your eyes
– Supporting wound healing

 

Summary

These five vegetables are extremely versatile and can be used to add extra antioxidants to almost any meal. So make sure you’re eating at least three servings of these veggies per week and unlock the many health benefits of antioxidants.

 

Other Antioxidant Related Articles:

How To Increase Your Intake Of Antioxidants
What Are Antioxidants
The Benefits Of Antioxidants
Top 5 Antioxidant Rich Berries
Top 5 Antioxidant Rich Drinks
Top 5 Antioxidant Rich Fruits
Top 5 Antioxidant Rich Nuts

 

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