Antioxidants are a type of nutrient found in a range of natural foods, particularly naturally colourful fruit, vegetables, grasses and other whole foods.

There are many different types of antioxidants, including vitamins (such as vitamin C and E), as well as flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, Omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids and many others. Plant-based foods are the primary source of antioxidants. They can be highly concentrated in supplement form, as herbal combinations, vitamins, minerals, foods and food extracts.

Antioxidants in food
One of the best ways to keep yourself healthy is to eat a varied diet, high in natural, nutrient-dense foods.

Foods such as fruit, vegetables and plants tend to contain, not just vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, but other essential nutrients such as antioxidants. Create a rainbow on your plate and you are likely to be accessing these nutrients on a regular basis.

But incorporating a wide variety of foods into your daily diet, and more specifically, identifying and locating antioxidant-rich foods, can be difficult in our on-the-go culture. What’s more, many of the fresh produce we buy in supermarkets have been drained of their natural antioxidant content, as a result of long-term storage, refrigeration and even processing. These levels are then further diminished during the refrigeration and cooking process at home.

Antioxidant supplements, such as acai berry capsules (rich in anthocyanins), Antarctic krill oil (rich in astaxanthin), wheatgrass powder (rich in chlorophyll), activated pre-sprouted barley grass and food form vitamin C, can provide a convenient way to include some of the most potent antioxidants found in nature in your diet, in a way that would otherwise not be possible.