Fruits and vegetables with antioxidant capabilities
Berries– such as cranberries, blackberries, gogi, blueberries, raspberries, acai, and strawberries are all very high in antioxidants and ellagic acid which have been shown to cause cancer cells to self destruct. Berries also contains anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that have been shown to fight various forms of cancer, according to a new study in Cancer Prevention Research. Blueberries suppress growth and metastasis of triple negative breast tumors in animals
Dark colored fruits and vegetables– such as sweet cherries, plums, red apples with the skins, eggplants, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, beets, carrots, spinach and leafy greens are all high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
|Rank||Food item||Serving size||Total antioxidant capacity
per serving size
|1||Adzuki Bean (dried)||Half cup||13,727|
|2||Wild blueberry||1 cup||13,427|
|3||Red kidney bean (dried)||Half cup||13,259|
|4||Pinto bean||Half cup||11,864|
|5||Blueberry (cultivated)||1 cup||9,019|
|6||Cranberry||1 cup (whole)||8,983|
|7||Artichoke (cooked)||1 cup (hearts)||7,904|
|12||Red Delicious apple||1 whole||5,900|
|13||Granny Smith apple||1 whole||5,381|
|15||Sweet cherry||1 cup||4,873|
|16||Black plum||1 whole||4,844|
|17||Russet potato (cooked)||1 whole||4,649|
|18||Black bean (dried)||Half cup||4,181|
|20||Gala apple||1 whole||3,903|
Green, oolong, or white tea– try to drink about 2- 4 cups per day. This is high in antioxidants and is a good source of EGCC (a polyphenol) which may reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, and boost immunity. A 2007 study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that drinking 2 to 6 cups of green tea a day helps prevent skin cancer and may reverse the premature aging.
Green tea, black tea, white tea, and oolong tea all come from the same tea plant, Camellia sinensis, the only difference is that the leaves are processed differently. These teas are rich in polyphenols, which is a type of antioxidant that has the ability to scavenge for cell-damaging free radicals in the body and detoxify them. Whether it’s green or black, tea has about eight to 10 times the polyphenols that are found in fruits and vegetables. Read about green tea extract for cancer.
Supplements with antioxidant capacity
Astaxanthin- is a pink/red carotenoid pigment sometimes called the “king of the carotenoids” and is produced by algae. When crabs, lobster, shrimp, crawfish, and salmon eat the algae, the astaxanthin content is what turns their meat a light pink color. It is a powerful antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and improves the immune system by exerting actions on T-cells and T-helper cells. Unlike most antioxidants, it is fat-soluble, thus easily transported to parts of the body where it can do the most good, such as the eyes (retinas), brain, breast tissue, prostate tissue, and skeletal muscles. Astaxanthin is by far the most powerful carotenoid antioxidant when it comes to free radical scavenging: it is 65 times more powerful than vitamin C, 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene, and 14 times more powerful than vitamin E.
Because astaxanthin crosses the blood-retinal barrier (beta carotene and lycopene do not), it gets into the retinas of the eyes and can help with macular degeneration. It also helps with inflammation (such as tendonitis, arthritis, and all the other “itis” diseases), and it also penetrates the tissues of the pancreas and helps repair beta cells (which secrete insulin) thus stabilizing blood sugar. Astaxanthin also offsets the deleterious effects of radiation. Because astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier, it may also have positive effects in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Twelve weeks of supplementation with astaxanthin were associated with significant reductions in levels of compounds called phospholipid hydroperoxides (PLOOH), known to accumulate abnormally in the red blood cells (erythrocytes) of people with dementia, compared with placebo.
Researchers (led by Kiyotaka Nakagawa from Tohoku University) report that, astaxanthin may “contribute to the prevention of dementia.” Astaxanthin will also act as a natural sunscreen when consumed as a supplement. According to a Japanese study, The ability of Astaxanthin to quench “singlet oxygen” is 800 times greater than CoQ10 and 550 times greater than Green Tea “catechins” and 6000 times stronger than vitamin C. Astaxanthin gets into every cell of the body, and then cleans up any runaway particles that can damage your DNA which can make you more prone to cancer. Antioxidants offset the damage done by “oxidants.” (Study: Adapted from Nishida, Yamashita, Miki, Carotenoid Science, Vol. 11, 2007, 16-20 (in Japanese) Article on Astaxanthin
Glutathione- is one of the most important molecules you need to stay healthy and prevent disease. It is the secret to prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. There are more than 89,000 medical articles written about glutathione.
How to increase glutathione levels:
- Consuming sulfur-rich foods such as garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.) along with okra, squash, strawberries, watermelon, walnuts, and turmeric.
- Supplement with MSM
- Organic Whey Protein This is great source of cysteine and the amino acid building blocks for glutathione synthesis. The whey protein MUST be bio-active and made from non-denatured proteins (“denaturing” refers to the breakdown of the normal protein structure). Choose non-pasteurized and non-industrially produced milk that contains no pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics.
- Exercise stimulates glutathione production
- Take Glutathione Supporting Supplements such as N-acetyl-cysteine, Alpha lipoic acid, folate, vitamins B6 and B12, selenium, vitamins C and E (in the form of mixed tocopherols), turmeric, and milk thistle (silymarin)
- Coffee enemas increase glutathione levels. Doctors at the University of Minnesota showed that coffee administered rectally simulates an enzyme system in the liver called glutathione S-transerase by 600-700% above the normal activity levels. This enzyme reacts with free radicals which cause cell damage in the bloodstream and makes them inert. These neutralized substances are then dissolved into the bile and are released along with the rest of bile that is flowing from the liver and gallbladder, and then are excreted into the large intestine for removal. Read more about coffee enemas.
- Read more about glutathione
Resveratrol– is a potent antioxidant supplement made from grape skins and seeds. Resveratrol is the first natural medicinal to have solid evidence showing that it blocks or stops many stages of cancer. Resveratrol not only prevents cancer, it’s being proposed as an additional treatment. Some of the latest information about it shows that resveratrol causes a unique type of cell death, and kills cancer cells whether they do or do not have the tumor suppressor gene, p53. It also works whether cancer cells are estrogen receptor-positive or negative. In addition, researchers are beginning to uncover the ability of resveratrol supplements to augment some chemotherapies. For example, vitamin D3 converts to a steroid that inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have shown that resveratrol increases the effects of vitamin D. Other research shows that it causes drug-resistant non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer cells to become susceptible to chemotherapeutic drugs (Gemcetabine, Navelbine, cisplatinum, Paclitaxel, and TRIAL). Researchers in Austria have done elaborate studies showing that resveratrol blocks the ability of cancer cells to metastasize to bone. The highest results were for pancreas, breast, and renal cancer. Prostate and colon cancers were also inhibited, but not as much. Resveratrol works against a wide range of cancers, both at the preventive and treatment stages. Its ability to stop cancer is connected to its capability, first, to distinguish a cancer cell from a normal cell. Unlike chemotherapeutic drugs that affect normal as well as cancer cells, resveratrol does not damage healthy cells. Not only is it not harmful to normal cells, it may offer them protection. Second, resveratrol is sophisticated in its actions. It doesn’t just scavenge free radicals, it activates and deactivates critical enzymes and genes, hormones and chemicals.
Turmeric– is derived from the rhizome curcuma longa and is the primary ingredient found in the curry powders that are used to season foods in Middle Eastern, Asian, and Indian cuisines. Accumulating evidence reveals that this brightly colored relative of ginger is also a powerful disease-preventive and cancer-fighting agent as well. One of the most comprehensive summaries of turmeric studies to date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, PhD., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies. In reviewing some 700 studies, Duke concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, with virtually no adverse side effects.
Here are some of the diseases that turmeric has been found to help prevent or alleviate:
- Alzheimer’s disease: Duke found more than 50 studies on turmeric’s effects in addressing Alzheimer’s disease. The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.
- Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin – the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects – is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.
- For cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepatocarcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.
- Read more about turmeric
Ubiquinol- is the antioxidant form of CoQ10 and is essential for mitochondrial synthesis of energy. It is the only known lipid soluble antioxidant that is endogenously synthesized, protecting biological membranes against lipid peroxidation as well as regenerating other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Published clinical and experimental research shows that ubiquinol impacts cardiovascular health, neuronal metabolism, renal health, and genes related to lipid/lipoprotein metabolism and inflammation.The Benefits of ubiquinol