10 Antioxidant-Rich Foods to Protect Your Body

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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In recent years, antioxidants have been frequently discussed for their ability to improve people's health by protecting against free radicals — unstable molecules that can hurt the cells throughout your body. The harmful effects of free radicals include the damage they can do to cell membranes and your DNA, contributing to cancer and other diseases. Free radicals are found everywhere, including in the environment and certain foods, such as fried ones.

Eating foods rich in antioxidants may combat free radicals and make them harmless by breaking down their molecular structure. There are dozens of different forms of antioxidants. Some of the most common antioxidants found in foods include vitamins A, C and E, along with selenium, beta carotene and lutein. Incorporating more foods into your diet that are rich in antioxidants is beneficial to your overall health — and the changes are easy to make. Below are 10 antioxidant-rich foods to get you started.