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8 fruits rich in antioxidants

Last updated on: November 17, 2012 19:00 IST

8 fruits rich in antioxidants

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Antioxidant foods rich foods have many health promoting properties like enhanced blood flow, boost healthy cholesterol levels, help reduce blood pressure, protect skin from aging and cancer, and protect eyes from free radical damage reduce inflammatory symptoms.

In the following pages, we list the top 8 fruits that are rich in antioxidants.


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Pomegranate

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Antioxidants in pomegranate help reduces cholesterol plaque buildup and increases nitric oxide production that reduces arterial plaque.

Pomegranate juice contains anthocyanins that strengthen the walls of the tiny blood vessels that supply nutrients to the skin.


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Papaya

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Papaya is rich in 3 powerful antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E and carotenoids that help prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Fiber in papaya helps reduce high cholesterol levels. Papaya also contains other heart healthy nutrients like flavonoids, Vitamin B5, folates, potassium and magnesium.


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Plum

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Plums rich in Vitamin C deliver help reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals that contribute to the progression of conditions like colon cancer, asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.


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Mango

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Mango is rich in many antioxidants.

0.5 cup of Mango = about 0.7 mg of Vitamin E.

Antioxidants like Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Selenium and Glutathione, help fight against oxidative stress caused by free radicals within our bodies which if not neutralized may lead to diseases such as atherosclerosis and cancer.


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Apple

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Flavonoids in apples are powerful antioxidants

Flavonoids protect your heart by preventing cell damage caused by free radicals.

Eat Apples with their skin or pulpy apple juice as flavonoids are found in the pulp and the skin of apple.


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Watermelon

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Watermelon is rich in antioxidants Vitamin C and Vitamin A / beta-carotene, lycopene that help reduce risk of heart disease as they prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol.

Cholesterol once oxidized sticks to blood vessel walls causing atherosclerosis, which may lead to heart attack or stroke.


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Pineapple

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Pineapples are rich in Vitamin C that is a powerful antioxidant.

Vitamin C helps reduce risk of heart disease as it prevents free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol. Cholesterol once oxidized sticks to blood vessel walls causing plaques, which may lead to heart attack or stroke.

Antioxidant Vitamin C also helps reduce the severity of symptoms that occur in asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by neutralizing free radicals.


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Guava

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Guava is rich in natural antioxidants that play a crucial role in preventing cellular damage, which is a common reason for aging, cancer and several degenerative diseases.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found in guava, tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, chikoo, figs, apricots, berries and pink grapefruit.


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