The young and fabulous girl's guide to antioxidants

At this point, you've probably heard that antioxidants are good for you and promote anti-aging. But did you know that they come in many forms? That's right. You can get these powerful anti-aging agents from a whole host of food sources, meaning that you can fight aging non-stop if you so choose.

Each antioxidant offers different benefits, so to look your best, it pays to know what each does. Navigate through the world of anti-aging superheros and their benefits by checking out our guide below:

Antioxidant Benefits
Vitamins
A, C and E
Promotes skin health and may prevent skin from aging
Acai It has twice the level of antioxidants present in blueberries and 50% more antioxidant than pomegranate. Also contains beneficial omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, fiber, calcium and other vitamins.
Cocoa Contains several trace minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, and calcium. Cocoa contains natural caffeine, which provides high energy and as an antioxidant, it enhances the immune system.
Cranberries Rich in vitamin C, fiber, citric acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, B-vitamins and vitamin E. Also contains anthocyanins, which is helpful with bacteria build-up.
Grape Seed Many nutrients are found in grapes especially antioxidants that promote heart health by acting as free radical scavengers, promoting healthy cholesterol levels and providing support for healthy blood vessels, veins and arteries.
Lutein A recent human clinical study showed 10 mg of lutein daily increased skin hydration, elasticity and skin lipid content.
Lycopene A relative newcomer to the world of skin care, belongs in the carotenoid family. Lycopene is a powerful free radical scavenger, which has shown to provide benefit in improving skin texture.
Mangosteen Contains xanthones, a family of phyto-nutrients. They have been researched to promote healthy digestion, immune response and joint flexibility. Mangosteen has also shown to be a good for the respiratory system.
Olive This wonderful fruit contains phenolics, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties, which provides support for the cardiovascular system.
Pomegranate A very good source of antioxidants, fatty acids and botanical estrogens. Contains high level of polyphenol antioxidants and helps neutralize free radicals, which can cause damage to the skin. It helps repair aging skin by reversing the damage and retexturing the skin. In addition to health benefits, it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Selenium Selenium is an essential trace mineral in the human body that protect cells against the effects of free radicals that are produced during normal oxygen metabolism. Selenium is also essential for normal functioning of the immune system and thyroid gland.
Tea (green, black and white) Rich in antioxidants epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), providing anti-aging benefits. It is 200 times stronger than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than vitamin C. It helps restore our radiant complexions.
Turmeric This spice helps support the joints from inflammation, boosts immunity and provides support for mental clarity and memory.
Water Though not an actual antioxidant, water is one of the most important sources of maintaining a healthy complexion. Plus, well-hydrated skin keeps us looking younger and vibrant year round.

Excerpted from Sheer Balance


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