Antioxidant-Rich Superfruit Salad
Phytochemicals, also known as phytonutrients, are found in plants, most act as antioxidants, and have protective and/or disease preventive properties. Here's one of our favorite ways to enjoy the beneficial properties of phytonutrients- a delicious fruit antioxidant fruit salad. Chop and serve chilled with a spritz of lime.
Phytonutrient: Carotenoid—Lycopene (Red/ Pink)
Protects against prostrate cancer and promotes heart health. Characterized by red or pink colors, lycopene is found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, red peppers, watermelon.
Phytonutrient: Carotenoid—Beta-carotene (Orange/ Green)
Protective properties for the immune system, vision, skin and bone health. Characterized by vibrant orange and green pigments in food. Found in leafy greens spinach, collards, kale, broccoli, apricots, cantaloupe, winter squash, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin.
Promotes cardiovascular health, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-toxic, protects against cancer and osteoporosis. May help relieve eczema, hay fever, sinusitis and asthma. Most abundant flavonoid. Found in apples (Fuji have the most antioxidants), tea, nuts, berries, onion, cauliflower, cabbage.
Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries
Phytonutrient: Flavonoid—Anthocyanins (Red/ Purple/ Blue)
Promotes blood vessel health. Responsible for red, blue and purple pigments. Found in blueberries (the top ranked food for antioxidants), blackberries, acai, plums, cranberries, raspberries, red onions, red potatoes, radishes, strawberries. Derived from anthocyanidins.
Protects against oxidative damage, promotes heart health, protects against cancer and tumor growth, anti-histamine, found in the skin and seeds of grapes and in red wine.
Promotes heart health. A strong antioxidant. Found in cocoa, tea, grapes.
A flavonol belonging to a group of flavonoids. It’s produced by the plant as defense against disease. Antioxidant but weaker than other flavonoids quercetin and epicatechin. Protects against cancer, promotes heart health, promotes lifespan, anti-toxic, protective benefits for diabetes by reducing oxidative damage due to high glucose levels. Found in red grapes, red wine, blueberries, peanuts. (The longer red wine is aged with grape skins, the better.)