What are antioxidants?
The process of oxidation leads to the production of free radicals in the body. An excess of free radicals can cause oxidative stress which damages cells and is a catalyst in the ageing process. Antioxidants, which are present in certain foods, help to minimise the process of oxidation in the body. In an ideal state of health, free radicals and antioxidants are balanced in the body. Supplementing your diet with plenty of antioxidant-rich foods will ensure you are getting enough, and your body is able to fight free radical damage.
There are many different types of food which are rich in various different kinds of antioxidants such as walnuts, green tea, chocolate, berries and even coffee. A good rule of thumb is to go for anything that is vibrantly coloured! We have chosen the pick of our favourite berry powders with the highest sources of antioxidants; most of these also contain anthocyanins which is a type of antioxidant that creates the purple pigment (more on this below!).
What are anthocyanins?
Anthocyanins are a type of antioxidant that provides the purple, red, and blue pigments in food. Anthocyanins have been linked to a range of health benefits, ranging from anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties to longevity and circulatory support. Research is also underway to determine the role they can play in reducing obesity and high cholesterol levels. Purple food has long been associated with health and longevity, there is a common story about the inhabitants of Okinawa eating copious amounts of purple sweet potato, and they have an incredibly old population as well as reduced instances of dementia. Other food containing this potentially magical antioxidant includes purple sweet potato, grapes, raspberries, red cabbage, blackberries, blackcurrants, aubergines and cherries.
Aside from our five favourite berry powders for antioxidant levels below, you may be surprised to hear that Amla actually has the highest level of antioxidants amongst all fruit, berries and vegetables. Triphala also has an exceptionally high level of antioxidants, and another incredible source is Tulsi.
Maqui berry has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any berry, as well a whole range of anthocyanins and flavonoids. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.
One of our most popular products, this Brazilian berry powder rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and 19 amino acids.
Also known as chokeberry this purple berry has high levels of anthocyanins, flavonoids and polyphenols. It also contains high levels of zinc, magnesium, iron, and vitamins C, B and K.
One of our favourites here at Detox Trading HQ; blueberries are rich in anthocyanins and resveratrol. They are also high in vitamins A, B6, C, E and k as well as copper, manganese and potassium.
This coastal bright orange berry has high levels of resveratrol and quercetin, as well as a variety of essential fatty acids such as omegas 3,6,7, 9. It has more vitamin A than carrots and vitamin C and E.