Our world is full of environmental dangers and lifestyle choices that promote oxidant production. Adding antioxidants to your daily menu can stop free radicals (oxidants) from taking over healthy cells and may even reverse some of the damage free radicals have caused. Antioxidants have been linked to improved memory, improved immunity and even improved male fertility, but taking an antioxidant supplement may not be the best choice. Antioxidants consumed via foods are naturally paired with vitamins and nutrients to help improve impact on health, so what foods provide the best antioxidant bang for your nutritional buck?
ORAC Rating and Your Diet
The oxygen radical absorbance capacity or ORAC was once used to rate antioxidants based on strength. Higher ORAC levels meant stronger antioxidant activity, but the US Department of Agriculture chose to remove all ORAC listing from the government website in 2010. According to the USDA, ORAC levels do not represent antioxidant activity in the body. But, that doesn’t mean antioxidants should be left off your plate. The best option to increase antioxidants in your diet is to Eat the Rainbow.
Eating the rainbow simply means adding foods of all colors to your diet. Dark green leafy vegetables, red peppers, white onions and purple beets are all rich in antioxidants. Green, black and white teas are fantastic sources as well. Imagine combining all the foods you eat in one week on a huge tray. Would that tray represent all the colors in the rainbow? If not, add colorful fruits and vegetables to your diet and you will add tons of antioxidant support.
Antioxidants are a healthy addition to every diet. Growing evidence suggests antioxidants play an important role in anti-aging and, possibly, male fertility. If there is one natural change you can make to boost your chances of conception naturally it is adding a rainbow of healthy, whole foods to your diet.