Best Antioxidants, by Class
are the best antioxidants?
are the most powerful antioxidants?
food contains the most antioxidants?
are the best antioxidant supplements?
How are antioxidants
There are many
factors to look at ...
Firstly, are we talking about what’s the Best in
Or, what’s best for you?
Best in General
For Best in General, there is nothing to-date that states that one
antioxidant is better than another. It can be rated by the strength of the
antioxidant. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that only “strong” antioxidants
will give you the best "effectiveness".
Antioxidants should also be considered in terms of:
- what it can specifically target (e.g. anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-aging, etc.),
- how it works,
- how it works with other antioxidants,
- how they work together, etc, etc.
After all, antioxidants work best as a group
and, different “groupings” are best for different situations. Some are also more effective with the support of non-antioxidant nutrients, such as selenium - the Network Boosters.
strength of the antioxidants can be measured by ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).
- While United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2012, has withdrawn this as a measure of the effectiveness of antioxidants from the consumption of the foods, it is
not totally dismissed as a measure.
- it can be still be used as a comparison across the
- Folin–Ciocalteu Reagent (FCR).
- Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity (TEAC). Similar to ORAC measure, it measures antioxidant capacities.
Best for Oneself
For Best for Oneself, these are some of the factors to be
it consumed for a specific purpose\need or, for general health?
does your body in need of most, at any point in time? That is to say, if you are given the best antioxidant but in fact, the body needs another type, then the
best antioxidant may not be the best for you, at that point in time.
are a type of nutrients that works best as a group – hence, what then is the
best combination for you?
so on …
All in all, do bear in mind that moderation is still key, and that, any “best prescription”
is still dependent on the best diagnosis. Even with the best diagnosis, you
still need to be mindful of the risks and benefits of any “prescription”.
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What Are the Best Antioxidants Found in Foods?
So, while we are on the subject of what are the best antioxidants, and since antioxidants exist is a lot (if not most of our foods), I thought it might be of interest to some folks, to know what are the best antioxidants in our foods.
propose different “best of” for each category.
I will attempt
to provide the “best of” in each of the category - based on the reasons
proposed in each of the literature and websites. However, because antioxidants
are relatively new (nutrients) “discovery”, it is still evolving as more and
more are being discovered, and the lists will change with new
Do bear in mind
that while the following are the Top 10s or Top 5s :
may not necessarily be listed in sequential order
- they could all be equally important!
that didn’t make the list of the Tops (10 or 5 - due to the author’s limitation
of the numbering), could be just as equally potent\powerful!
- While those
that made the list may be the more known foods, there are also foods from local
regions that could also be as equally potent\powerful!
At the risk of
sounding like a broken record, antioxidants work best as a group.
For now …
Listing “Best of “ Categories
Antioxidants Nuts and Seeds
Antioxidant Herbs and Spices
5 Best Zoochemical
5 Best Antioxidant Beverages
Antioxidant Supplements (to be added in the near future ...)
other “best of” category, the lists will increase, as time goes by ...
Types of Antioxidants
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