10 antioxidant-rich foods you should include in your diet

These foods can keep you looking young and fit!

Written by Kriti Saraswat | Published : August 11, 2015 7:07 PM IST


Antioxidants fight free radicals which damage the cells in our body. Including antioxidant-rich foods in your diet not just keeps you healthy but also slows down the ageing process and prevents serious conditions such as cancer. Here are 10 foods rich in antioxidants.

Green Tea

Green tea: This low-calorie drink contains the antioxidant flavonoid which wards of free radicals, improves immunity and also keeps cholesterol levels in check, preventing heart disease and different types of cancer.  Also Read - Effective Tips To Get The Glow Within!

Spices And Herbs

Spices and herbs: Don’t forget to season your dishes with turmeric, garlic, clove, parsley, cinnamon and other herbs and spices. These contain the antioxidant polyphenols which has several types. These will boost your immunity and keep diseases at bay. They also have healing properties.


Beans: From packing in folate, iron, calcium, minerals and vitamins, the different kinds of beans are one of the best sources of antioxidants. Include soya beans, kidney beans, black beans, etc. in your diet to reap in these benefits.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits: Lemons, oranges, melons, and even Indian gooseberry are packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that keeps skin problems at bay, improves overall health and is responsible for several body functions. Not to forget, it fights free radicals to keep you healthy.


Berries: Another rich source of antioxidants is berries – strawberries, blueberries, mulberries, gooseberries, etc. Just a handful of these on a regular basis will slow down the ageing process and help you look younger for a longer time.  Also Read - A Guide to Relieve Menstrual Discomfort!

Red Wine

Red wine: A glass of red wine can protect you against age-related diseases and also boost heart health. It contains resveratrol antioxidant and drinking moderate amounts is actually good for your health. But don’t exceed the daily alcohol limit or else it can do more harm than good.


Nuts: These little food items are a powerhouse of energy and antioxidants. They pack in so many nutrients including the good fats, protein, minerals and more and a handful of them are sufficient to meet your daily requirement. They will not just fight infections but also keep your energy levels high.  Also Read - 9 Behavioral Issues In Kids That Need Attention

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate: This too contains the antioxidant resveratrol which is a type of polyphenol. A piece of dark chocolate can boost your health by activating the good microbes in the gut which produce anti-inflammatory compounds.