Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Antioxidants for you Brain

In case you did not have enough reasons to feed more fruits and vegetables to your kids, here’s one more. Fruits and vegetables have vitamins A, C, and E, all of which are antioxidants. In her article “Memory Loss and the Brain,” Catherine E. Myers, a Professor of Psychology at Rutger University-Newark, defines antioxidants as substances which help protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, by breaking them down into harmless components or by preventing them from attacking cells.” Your brain requires an ample supply antioxidants. Specifically, antioxidants promote and preserve memory in children and adults alike. As well, antioxidants can save your children later in life from susceptibility to genetic diseases and disorders such as Parkinson’s, ALS, and Alzheimer’s. All fruits and vegetables have antioxidants, so offer your kids a variety of fruits and vegetables, especially their favorites.

10 Best Fruits and Veggies for Antioxidants:
1. Apples
2. Artichokes
3. Berries
4. Broccoli
5. Carrots
6. Grapefruit
7. Red grapes
8. Russet potatoes
9. Spinach
10. Tomatoes

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