Which Vitamins are Antioxidants?
The main role of vitamin E is to act as a free-radical fighter. Proven to promote health in a variety of ways, vitamin E may also help protect your body from free radical cell damage.ii This essential nutrient occurs naturally in foods and it’s also available as a dietary supplement.
The following foods are a good source of vitamin E:ii
- Vegetable oils
- Wheat germ
- Whole grains and fortified cereals
- Peanut butter
One of the best-known antioxidants is vitamin C. This vitamin offers a wide range of health benefits including protecting the body from free radical cell damage, supporting your immune system, helping to produce collagen and assisting the body in iron absorption.ii Vitamin C is found in many foods and it’s also available as a dietary supplement.
The following foods are great sources of vitamin C:ii
- Citrus fruits
- Sweet peppers
Carotenoids are plant pigments responsible for the bright red, yellow and orange hues in many fruits and vegetables. And carotenoids like beta-carotene (a precursor of vitamin A), lycopene and lutein are all well-known fighters against free radical damage.ii
Foods high in carotenoids include:ii
- Sweet potatoes
- Brussels sprouts
- Winter squash
Other Sources of Antioxidants
- Vitamin A: abundant in liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, milk and egg yolks
- Zinc: found in seafood, lean meat, milk and nuts
- Selenium: offered by seafood, offal, lean mean and whole grains
- Copper: sourced from seafood, lean meat, milk and nuts
- Flavonoids: provided by tea, green tea, citrus fruits, red wine, onion and apples iii
Your body's cells face threats every day from free radicals and more. Antioxidants are important chemicals that can help stop or limit that damage. By eating a healthy diet and incorporating a multivitamin into your daily routine, you can get the most out of these antioxidants and help support your body.
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i. Understanding antioxidants. Harvard Health Publishing. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-antioxidants. Accessed 10/5/2020. Referenced text highlighted in PDF source.
ii. Antioxidants – Protecting Healthy Cells. Eat Right. https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/antioxidants-protecting-healthy-cells. Accessed 10/5/2020. Referenced text highlighted in PDF source.
iii. Antioxidants. Better Health. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/antioxidants. Accessed 10/5/2020. Referenced text highlighted in PDF source.