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Nature’s Medicine

Nature's Medicine - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeYou really don’t need to reach for expensive supplements to boost your antioxidant intake. Nature is absolutely packed with them, many of them in inexpensive simple foods.

Here’s a run down of a few including their benefits and where to find them –

Quercetin

This is a powerful antihistamine, which helps to ward off the runny nose and sore eyes associated with Hayfever. Histamine is released by white blood cells and basophils as an allergic immune response, and it’s this release that causes the unpleasant symptoms mentioned. It’s thought Quercetin helps prevent or reduce this release, diminishing the effects of the allergic reactions.

Best food sources include apples (in the skins), onions, red wine and tea.

Carotenoids

This is a group of antioxidants which includes Lycopene and Beta-carotene, which help with protecting your eyes and vision. Also Caretonoids can be converted into Retinol (the active form of Vitamin A) and helps absorb the suns harmful rays, killing free radicals and reducing the risk of age-related disorders.

Foods containing high levels include sweet potato, red pepper, pumpkin, carrot and watermelon.

Capsaicin

There is evidence that  this compound can help relieve joint pain from arthritis, and simple muscle aches and sprains, including post workout muscle relief. More recent research also suggests that Capsaicin may help kill or inhibit the growth of certain cancer cells, including prostate and leukemic.

The compound is found in cayenne and chilli peppers, and is responsible for providing the fiery heat in your vindaloo.

Resveratrol

This is a potent heart helper, thought to protect it by improving the health of the blood vessel walls and preventing the build up of plaque within the vessels themselves. It is also known for it’s ability to inhibit the development and growth of human cancer cells.

High concentrations are found in red grape skins, so the grapes themselves, red grape juice and red wine are good food sources. Surprisingly peanuts, especially sprouted ones, contain levels of Resveratrol to rival red grapes.

My conclusion – Including the food sources of these compounds in a balanced diet, may well help both your health and your wallet.