….FIGHTING FREE RADICALS
“Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.” – Fred Astaire
Some of the best food sources of antioxidant compounds include vitamin C- packed citrus fruits, broccoli, red and green bell peppers, and dark leafy vegetables; beta-carotene-rich carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach; and wheat germ and vegetable oils, which are loaded with vitamin E.
Combating free radicals is no walk in the park but can certainly be accomplished with a steady intake of foods scoring high in antioxidant analysis or ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity), a method of measuring the antioxidant power of foods. These foods protect cells from free radical aging diseases. You can find scores for different super foods at: http://www.oracvalues.com/sort/orac-value/
Doctor’s Top Tip:
“Gogi berries grow in the Himalayas, and they supposedly have the highest amount of antioxidants of any berry,” says Patricia David, MD, MSPH, president of Healthy U in Columbus OH. “In the Himalayas, gogi berries were dropping into the drinking water, and the people drinking that water were all very healthy and living to an extremely old age,” she says. “The theory is that it had something to do with the high content of gogi berries in the water.” Gogi berries aren’t available in most local grocery stores, but you can order them online. “I throw a few of them in every glass of water I drink,” says Dr. David. Or you can munch on the gogi berries themselves to get their antioxidant effects.