2006-09-27 00:00:00

Top 10 Antioxidant Fruits

Summer is coming to an end in the Pacific Northwest, or at least it looked that way until this week.? With the changing of the seasons comes “cold season.”? You don’t have to look far to find a sore throat or a runny nose this time of year.

Why do we get colds?? Do we get colds because we come in contact with a virus?? If all that it took was coming in contact with a virus, we would always be sick.? Bugs are everywhere, no matter how hard we try, we could never avoid them in our daily life.

Bacteria and viruses are similar to seeds.? If you plana seed on concrete it is unlikely that it will grow, but if you take that same seed and give it the proper environment, it could grow to be a giant redwood.

When the proper environment is set for a bacteria or virus, the bug will flourish causing a cold.? So, why does this happen more during the cold months?? Typically people slow down in the cold months, spend more time inside, get less exercise, have more stress and eat poorly.? All of these factors contribute to providing the proper environment for bacteria and viruses.

The foods we eat are very important in warding off foreign invaders.? Foods that are high in antioxidants have been shown to support the immune system which is responsible for protecting us.

The following is a list of 10 fruits that are high in antioxidants. Always buy organic when you can. For more information on foods that you should always buy organic, see my post ?Top 12 pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables.?

1.Wild blueberries
2.Cranberries
3.Blackberries
4.Prunes
5.Raspberries
6.Strawberries
7.Red Delicious apples
8.Granny Smith apples
9.Sweet cherries
10.Black plums

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